We would have loved to welcome you in Maputo and Universidade Eduardo Mondlane. As this was unfortunately not possible, here are some words and photos of our beloved capital.
Maputo is the capital of Mozambique. Known as an aesthetically attractive albeit somehow dilapidated city, It has a number of landmarks, including Independence Square, City Hall, Maputo Fortress, the central market, Tunduru Gardens, and Maputo Railway Station.With wide avenues lined by jacaranda and acacia trees, Maputo has earned the nicknames City of Acacias and the Pearl of the Indian Ocean.
The city is known for its distinct, eclectic architecture, with Portuguese colonial Neoclassical and Manueline styles alongside modern Art Deco, Bauhaus, and Brutalist buildings. The historic Baixa de Maputo district is the downtown area. Maputo has a vibrant cultural scene, with many restaurants, music and performance venues, and the local film industry.
Maputo’s economy is centred around its port, through which much of Mozambique’s imports and exports are shipped. The chief exports include cotton, sugar, chromite, sisal, copra, and hardwood. In addition to trade, the city has robust manufacturing and service sectors. Several colleges and universities are located in Maputo, including Pedagogical University, São Tomás University, Catholic University of Mozambique, and Eduardo Mondlane University, the oldest in the country.