Maputo attractions

Top Choice Gallery in Maputo

Chissano Gallery

Works of renowned sculptor Alberto Chissano, as well as his remains, are on display in his family’s residence at the Chissano Gallery. Taxis from central Maputo charge from Mtc500 return, including waiting time.
Top Choice Museum in Maputo

National Art Museum

Half a block west of Avenida Karl Marx, the National Art Museum has an excellent collection of paintings and sculptures by Mozambique’s finest contemporary artists, including Malangatana and Alberto Chissano.
Top Choice Cultural Centre in Maputo

Centro Cultural Franco-Moçambicano

An excellent place, with art exhibitions, music and dance performances, films, theatre, a craft shop, a cafe and more.
Top Choice Historic Building in Maputo

Train Station

Maputo’s landmark train station is one of the city’s most imposing buildings. The dome was designed by an associate of Alexandre Gustav Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame), although Eiffel himself never set foot in Mozamb…
Plaza in Maputo

Praça dos Heróis Moçambicanos

The large Praça dos Heróis Moçambicanos, along Avenida Acordos de Lusaka near the airport, is notable for its 95m-long mural commemorating the revolution. The star-shaped white-marble structure in its centre holds t…
Fortress in Maputo


The old fort was built by the Portuguese in the mid-19th century near the site of an earlier fort. Inside is a garden and a small museum with remnants from the era of early Portuguese forays to the area. The sealed,…
Notable Building in Maputo

City Hall

The hulking, neoclassical City Hall looks down over the baixa area from a low hill at the top of Avenida Samora Machel. The building, which was completed in 1947, is still in active use today, so it cannot usually b…
Cathedral in Maputo

Cathedral of Nossa Senhora da Conceição

With its simple but imposing lines and soaring, white spire, this cathedral is one of Maputo's most attractive buildings. It was completed in 1944. Inside, don't miss the altar work, the stained-glass windows and th…
Landmark in Maputo

President's Residence

Mozambique's presidential complex is a beautiful and impressive structure overlooking Maputo Bay. Photographs are not permitted. It is also not permitted to walk on the sidewalk in front of the complex.
Historic Building in Maputo

Iron House

This house was designed by Eiffel (or an associate) in the late 19th century as the governor’s residence, but its metal-plated exterior proved unsuitable for tropical conditions.