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.
Arts Centre in Maputo

Núcleo de Arte

This long-standing artists’ cooperative has frequent exhibitions featuring the work of up-and-coming artists (some of which is for sale). There’s also a pottery area and a garden where you can talk with the artists …
Plaza in Maputo

Praça da Independência

This wide plaza is rimmed on one side by the white, spired Cathedral of Nossa Senhora da Conceição and on the other by the hulking, neoclassical City Hall. Just off the square is the Iron House, which was designed b…
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…
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…
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.
Museum in Maputo

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum, near Hotel Cardoso, is worth a stop simply to see its stately Manueline architecture and its garden with a mural by Malangatana. Inside are some taxidermy specimens accompanied by interac…
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,…
Museum in Maputo

National Money Museum

Housed in a restored yellow building on the corner of Rua Consiglieri Pedroso, the National Money Museum dates from 1860. Inside are exhibits of local currency, ranging from early barter tokens to modern-day bills.
Market in Maputo

Municipal Market

With its long rows of vendors, tables piled high with produce, fresh fish and colourful spices, and stalls overflowing with everything from brooms to plastic buckets, the Municipal Market is Maputo’s main market and…