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Mon, 04 Nov 2019 13:33 - Updated Mon, 04 Nov 2019 13:33

Pedestrian tour introduces old Luanda to tourists

Luanda - The advertising and enhancement of Luanda's urban heritage gathered last Sunday, in the Angolan capital, hundreds of tourists and leaders in a pedestrian tour of the old city.

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A tour of downtown Luanda (old city)

Photo: Clemente dos Santos

In an organizational partnership of the Angolan Tour Guides and Tourism Operators Association, in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, the tour served to mobilize society for the importance of urban tourism in raising revenue for the country and diversifying the economy.

The tourist itinerary included the old  Igreja de Jesus (Church of Jesus), Igreja da Mersericórdia (Church of Mercy), Travessa do Pelourinho street, Coqueiros District, Merchants Street, Igreja dos Remédios (Remedies Church), Anthropology Museum, and Flores street, as well as Baleizão Square, Calçada Simão Mascarenhas street, Military History Museum,  Enforcados street, Dona Ana Joaquina Palace, Iron Palace, Nazareth Church and the vicinity of the Presidential Palace, sites that preserve part of Luanda's historical memory.

The architect Ângela Mingas referred to the need to value the old city, to ensure the mercantilist and capitalist continuity of the area.

According to the architect, the preservation of the slave route in the city of Luanda is a way of paying tribute to almost four million men and children who were shackled and taken to Brazil as slaves.

On her turn, the history teacher Cristina Pinto said that it is necessary to convey to young people and even the leaders the importance of preserving the historical sites of Luanda.

"In a country that is opening up to tourism, it would be easier and more coherent to talk about local tourism," she said.

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