Art Deco in Africa Mozambique

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Mozambique was a Portuguese colony from the early 15th century until 1975.

Although there are some fine examples of Art Deco in Mozambique like the Cine Africa, the most interesting architecture belongs to the second half of the 20th century when a group of young architects rejected the imposed (and conservative) taste of Portugal and its autocratic regime under Salazar.

Architects like Pancho Guedes who inspired by contemporary Brazilian architecture and the CIAM (congrès international d’architecture moderne) turned Mozambique into some sort of experimenting ground for architectural modernism.

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Maputo
1936 – 1944

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F Mira, CC BY-SA 2.0

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Teixant –  CC BY-SA 3.0

Cine África

Maputo, Mozambique

Opened in 1948 under the name “Cinema Manuel Rodrigues”

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It is still used as a venue for concerts and live performances.


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JcorneliusCC BY-SA 3.0

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Rádio Moçambique, 1951

2 Rua da Radio, Maputo

Also known as “Palacio da Radio”

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lucianf  – Radio Moçambique, CC BY 2.0

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Marten Kuilman – CC BY 2.0

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By lucianf  – Radio Moçambique, CC BY 2.0

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Marten Kuilman –  CC BY 2.0

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lucianf  – Radio Moçambique, CC BY 2.0,

Cine Teatro Tofo

Inhambane, Mozambique

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Marten Kuilman –  CC BY 2.0

Ressano Garcia Railway Station

Ressano Garcia is a small town in the border to South Africa.

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Grande Hotel Beira

The Grande Hotel Beira was a luxury hotel back in the 50’s in Beira, Mozambique.

Grande Hotel Beira Mozambique

Opened in 1954 and abandoned in 1963.

It is currently home to over 1,000 squatters.

Beira Indico Hotel

Beira Indico Hotel

Beira, Mozambique

Beira Downtown

Beira Street Scene


São Jorge Theatre, Beira

São Jorge

Maputo Art Deco





White face


Lion House Gorongosa National Park



Gil Vicente Cinema, Maputo




Art Deco in Africa Mozambique

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