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Historic City Sites

On the bay of Maputo, which is in fact drained mangrove swampland, many colonial buildings still stand along the Rua do Bagamoio. There is the Hotel Central and the restored Hotel Carlton. The Museu da Moeda (Currency Museum) near the end of Rua do Bagamoio is Maputo’s oldest intact example of Moorish architecture and has been beautifully restored to its original state. Open Tuesday to Thursday, and Saturday.

In an attempt to escape the mosquitoes and humidity of the bay, Maputo’s first hospital was erected on an (originally) densely forested hill, in an area that is now characterized by high-rise residential developments. The attractive two-storey Victorian Central Hospital has since been converted and is today known as Restaurante 1908. The city’s hospital moved to larger premises next door.

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