Once an example of residential colonial architecture, Vila Algarve served as the seat of the secret police during the Portuguese colonial period. When the villa was constructed in 1934, it featured lavish tile work. The remains of exterior decoration can still be seen, though the building has continuously fallen into disrepair since the country gained independence. Different plans have been made for the future of the villa--a lawyer's association wants to turn it into their headquarters, while the government wants to turn it into a museum--but nothing has been done yet. For Vila Algarve and beyond, use our Maputo trip planner to get the most from your Maputo vacation.
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We were staying in the next door Hotel Terminus and saw the beautiful Portuguese tiles on this abandoned building. We could also see the building from the hotel corridors. Take a look on Wikipedia... more »
This abandoned villa was one of the most beautiful buildings of Maputo, although with a dark history. more »
Haunting place. Great for photos.
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