Angola Off The Beaten Path

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by globetrott
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by globetrott
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by globetrott

Angola Off The Beaten Path

  • Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Arrábida

    This is obviously a christian church and we had passed by it on our way through the peninsula next to the port of Lobito. Unfortunately all of the small churches and mosques that we passed by were in most cases not explaned or visited and obviously not even considdered worth mentioning by the local tourguides.Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Arrábida is...

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  • The pavement of Palacio de Ferro

    The pavement of Palacio de FerroThis is the pavement of Palacio de Ferro and while the rest of the building is certainly made by Gustave Eiffel, this pavement looks much more like made by the Portughese, who have a lot of phantasy and great skills in making pavements and mosaiques that seem to be 3-dimensional like these floors of the Palacio de...

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  • The Fortress of San Miguel

    The Fortress of San Miguel is another highlight on every tour through Luanda. The Fortress of San Miguel dates back to the year 1576 and was built by Paulo Dias de Novais.And in 1996 it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.It has quite a sad history as one of the trading-centres for the shipping of slaves to America. Our tour stopped there for 30...

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  • The best part of Fortress of San Miguel

    My favorite part of Fortress of San Miguel is the interior of the central building in the 1st court of the fortress. Unfortunately the guides did not inform us about it, nor did the lecturer onboad of our cruiseship mention it and so I was lucky to go there by accident and was overwhelmed by the beauty of these great tiles. I could not find any...

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  • The seat of a clan chief

    The seat of a clan chiefThis seat of a local clan chief that is similar to a throne and all of the scuptures have a certain meaning, but we were not given any more explanations about it , what a pity ! We have seen a similar throne in the museum of Lobito, but it was a lot smaller, with less sculptures and also no fur on the seat there, just wood.

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  • a white man and a snake

    a white man and a snakeThis is another quite interesting exhibit that I saw next to the seat of the clan-chief in the museum of Antropolgy in Luanda: it shows obviously a white man with a funny hat and a stupid (or maybe serious) expression in his face and a snake that is trying to maybe attack him from below. Unfortunately there was no further...

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  • a Mantis religiosa visiting the museum

    I was lucky to see this small animal "exploring" the exhibits in the museum in the Fortress San Miguel in Luanda. Obviously this is a Mantis religiosa that is also called with the common name praying mantis (=Gottesanbeterin in german)This is a species of animal where the female part is eating up the male part right after the copulation...Enjoy...

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  • another palace in Luanda

    This is just another good example for some great building in the City of Luanda that was restored after the civil war and it looks great nowadays. We passed by it in our tourbuses, but no further infos were given, nor did I see any inscription on the building.

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  • scenic remains of the past

    Some scenic remains of the past of Luanda are nowadays most probably mainly a subject of speculations like this scenic building with lots of great balconies like they are dating back to the more glorious days of the colonial time: In the 1960s 175.000 Portugese were living in Angola but most of them had left the country in the civil war and their...

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  • Vertical Slums in Luanda

    Finding an afforable appartment in the centre of Luanda seems to be almost impossible and one of my guidebooks even writes that Luanda is the most expensive place to live for foreigners, who will have to pay about 15.000,- $ monthly for renting an appartment in the centre of town.So this might be a reason for such "vertical slums" and who knows how...

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  • An interesting building in blue

    I saw this building in some distance from the Igreja de nossa Senhora dos remedios in Luanda and did not have enough time to get any closer. It looked like a covered markethall and it has some interesting watchtowers on top of the building that are most probably just decorations as they are obvioulsy much too small for people to stand inside.When I...

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  • an interesting christian church in...

    This is another christian church that we had passed by while exploring Benguela and Lobito on a halfday bustour organized by our cruiseship. At first we stoped there for 2 minutes in order to take photos and then we drove on without the possibility to get out of the bus and take a closer look at this quite modern church.The roof looks like straw...

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  • another great colonial building in...

    This interesting building will need a lot of restoration still, but it is certainly worth every effort and money to invest into it. This is another one of the many great and scenic buildings closeby the portarea of Lobito and we passed by it, when returning to our cruiseship.It is very sad to see trees growing out of the roof of this scenic...

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  • a great colonial building

    This great building, made in the colonial style is under restoration and will be used by the fishing- ministerium soon, as was explained in an inscription on the building that you will find close to the port-area of Lobito.

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  • Correios in Lobito

    This building in Lobito with the inscription Correios is or at least once was the local postoffice, it was built in an interesting style of architecture closeby the cruiseport of Lobito.It almost looks a bit like an Art Nouveau - building.

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  • a great beach next to the "Zaire"

    I am quite sure this is the closest beach with facilities and a restaurant that you will find close to the place that your cruiseship will dock in Lobito. The walking-distance might be about 2-3 km through scenic suburbs with lots of fancy villas, some great colonial architetcure and a quiet area to walk through without lots of beggars.The beach...

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  • MPLA Comite Municipal do Lobito

    This is the building of the MPLA Comite Municipal do Lobito, what-ever that is ! This is another one of the great buildings we had passed by while making a tour over the peninsula next to the port of Lobito.In my extra photos: some more of the many buildings with great colonial architecture closeby the port of Lobito.

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  • hehe...yeah Angola is off the...

    Angola is really off the beaten track! When I was there the war was still raging, and you couldn't go there as a tourist. I went there to work for a couple of weeks, so that's how I got into the country. It should be less difficult to go there now, since there's supposed to be peace now. But I believe it would still be very risky to go outside...

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