Colonial architecture with a sinister history
The once magnificent Vila Algarve mansion in Maputo remains trapped in a tumultuous past. The stunning interiors are left with no one to appreciate their beauty, and not even the resident desperados venture into the depths of the basement.
It is believed that the walls underground are still splattered with the bloodstains of tortured souls – unfortunates who were prisoners of the Portuguese Secret Police during unhappier times.
I have no desire to revisit Maputo because the bad memories of the coup (as pre teen tourist) September 1975 are etched into my memory and nothing good would come of going there – so could not tell you about this personally.
However, further north, Chongoene Hotel – near Xai Xai – is one we visited during the day. I believe that it is known to be a haunted hotel, empty for 44 years.
It is visited only by a salty sea breeze whistling past the empty pool through to the cavernous ballrooms, lounges and dining rooms.
Abandoned during 1975, when the Portuguese were forced to leave the country within 24 hours, the last residents of this hotel were a family that hid there when they were unable to make the curfew. Guerilla fighters found them and after a terrible skirmish they were taken captive, tortured and executed.
Rumor has it that their souls still hide there and that the sound of a telephone ringing still echoes through the hills from this derelict place at night. Ask for directions at the nearby restaurant where you can also find the way to a secret cabin in Xai Xai. Overnight guests of the cabin report have described how they have woken to the sensation of someone sitting at the end of their bed, or feelings of being watched while in residence.
Locals will tell you that their souls still hide there and that the sound of a telephone ringing still echoes through the hills from this derelict place at night.
There are many derelict and deserted buildings throughout Mozambique one sees driving around. Nobody has taken them over as shops or homes because it is believed ghosts live in them.
MY MEMORIES OF THIS MAGNIFICENT HOTEL IN ITS GLORY DAYS ARE HAPPY. JOYFUL TIMES SHARED WITH MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS….. WHICH I WILL ALSO BE WRITING ABOUT.
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