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Sights & Landmarks In Praia

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The plateau is home to a significant number of attractions. It was defended from enemies approaching by water by the ancient city wall, equipped with antique cannons. The governmental district is located in the city’s southern section.

Buildings

  • Praia town hall (Antiga Câmara Municipal). The town hall, built in neoclassical style with a square central tower, is one of the greatest specimens of colonial architecture in the area. It is still in use today. Make sure to have a peek inside while the doors are open. Visitors may even get some background information on the building’s history.
  • Praia Cathedral (Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Graça). The city’s cathedral was built in the classicist style in 1902.
  • Supreme Court (Palácio da Justiça).The supreme court is housed in a beautiful structure on the Praça Alexandre Albuquerque. It’s conceivable that you’ll be able to get inside as well.
  • Presidential Palace (Palácio Presidencial). The presidential palace was built in the late 19th century as the house of the Portuguese governor. It was recently refurbished with financial assistance from China. Other government buildings may be found in the area.
  • Quartel Jaime Mota. The old barracks next to the presidential palace are in need of repair.
  • Igreja do Nazareno. A Protestant church. 
  • Palácio da Assembleia (Assemblada Nacional). Cape Verde’s national assembly.
  • Praça Alexandre Albuquerque. A plaza at the ancient town’s heart. Albuquerque was a governor who was a card player, and hence each of the square’s four corners is designated by a suit.

Museums and culture

  • Museu Etnográfico. An antique structure in the old town has a museum that tells the tale of Cape Verdean history via daily things.
  • Fundação Amílcar Cabral. Amlcar Cabral Cultural Center is a cultural center devoted to the revolutionary leader Amlcar Cabral (1924-73). It’s known for its murals.
  • Estado da Varzea. The city’s football stadium has a capacity of 10,000 people.

Geography and viewpoints

  • Praia de Gamboa. The beach that gave the city its name is called Gamboa. It is not, however, ideal for swimming.
  • Ilhéu de Santa Maria. A tiny island located right beyond the harbor’s entrance. Previously, leprosy patients were isolated on the island; now, Chinese merchants are intending to build a casino.
  • Cruz do Papa. A big crucifix with a wonderful view of Quebra Canela beach from where it sits.
  • Diogo Gomes monument. A monument honoring the explorer of the islands, Diogo Gomes. It is positioned on the plateau’s southern edge, with spectacular views of Praia do Gamboa and Ilhéu de Santa Maria.

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BY PLAIN Praia is serviced by Nelson Mandela International Airport, which is located around 3 kilometers northeast of the city. TACV (the national airline) and a few European and African carriers provide flights to a variety of locations across Europe, Africa, South America, and the United States. Domestic flights are also...

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