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Maputo City Hall

Mozambique / Africa

Maputo City Hall or the Municipal Council Building of Maputo is the seat of the local government of the capital of Mozambique. The neoclassical building in the Beaux Arts style is located at the head of Praça da Independência (Independence Square) and was erected in 1947.  It was declared one of Maputo’s cultural monuments in 1975.

José Maria da Silva Cardoso, (then Mayor of Lourenço Marques), established an architecture competition for a new city hall in the 1930s.  The need for a new city hall was spurred by the ongoing growth of the colonial city. The Portuguese-Brazilian architect Carlos César dos Santos won the competition in 1938.  In 1941 the new Mayor, Francisco dos Santos Pinto Teixeira, started construction work on the new building, which was built facing onto Praça Mouzinho de Albuquerque (renamed Praça da Independência in 1975). It was finished in 1947.

The Government moved in in 1947 and it remained the seat of the Maputo city government after Independence in 1975.  The city government which occupies the building is now called the Conselho Municipal de Maputo in Portuguese.

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