What to see in Maputo, itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest in the capital of Mozambique, including the Cathedral, Railway Station and Iron House.
In the 16th century, when the Portuguese explorer Lourenco Marques discovered this stretch of coast, he settled in the area giving rise to the first settlement which in his honor was called Lourenco Marques.
On March 13, 1976, after the national declaration of independence, the city was renamed in Maputo.
About 80 km south of the city is the National Reserve, also known as Maputo Elephant Park, for the presence of many elephants and other animals, including leopards, antelopes, hippos, flamingos, in a very suggestive natural environment, with hills sloping down to the blue Indian Ocean.
The decaying and busy aspect of the capital of Mozambique hides the charm of the old Portuguese colonial city, which can be perceived through the preservation of some human-sized spaces, including the Promenade and Botanical Gardens.
The railway station, built in the early twentieth century on a project by Gustave Eiffel, who also built the Iron House, is among the monuments to visit, in addition to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Fatima, the ancient fort, and the National Art Museum, which houses works by the best contemporary Mozambican artists.