Palacio de Ferro, Luanda

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Palácio de Ferro is a historical building in the Angolan capital Luanda, believed to be designed and built by - or by someone associated with - Gustave Eiffel, builder of the world-famous icons, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Statue of Liberty in New York City.The history of the structure is shrouded in mystery since no official record of it exists. It is believed to have been pre-built in the 1890s in France and was destined to be placed in Madagascar via boat. Instead, the building ended-up in Angola's Skeleton Coast after the ship carrying it was drifted by the notorious Benguela currents. Portuguese rulers of the colony then claimed the ship along with all its contents, including the palace.During the Portuguese era, the building had a great deal of prestige and it was used as an art center. But after the independence of Angola, the palace was left in neglect with its surrounding area eventually ending up as a parking lot. It was also heavily damaged during the Angolan Civil War leaving some of its structures in a rusted and rotting condition.
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  • EN: (English follows below) this is a beautiful Palace of iron placed in the middle of a small garden in a neighborhood where tourists, near the local headquarters of the who. This Palace receives temporary exhibitions, concerts and other cultural events indoors or in the garden. Its architecture is very original for the neighborhood... or even for the whole city of Luanda which tends to lose its colonial buildings. # TO: Here is a magnificent palace of iron was in the middle of a small garden in a district where the tourists do not go, not far from the local seat of WHO. This palace receives temporary exhibitions, concerts and other indoor cultural events or in the garden. Its architecture is very original for the district even for the whole city of Luanda which tend to lose its colonial buildings
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  • The iron Palace is a very nice space and it has been used to promote the culture and their representatives from the music, through theatre, to the national literature. Should be better exploited and have catering service.
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  • Went there on a hot summer day, the palace Palacio de Ferro does have a potential but isn't maintained well by the authority.  more »

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Luanda holds the title as one of the most expensive cities in the world, so even if you search for budget-friendly accommodations, bear in mind that it will cost a fair amount. Most recommend the neighborhood of Maculusso for three-, four-, and five-star hotels, but you can also see what Murtala Mohammed Avenue near Luanda Bay has to offer. All lodgings in the center make excellent starting points for exploring the rest of Luanda--just remember to confine your sightseeing to the city's safer colonial part.
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