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Maputo Cathedral (Photo: Fmira)
Maputo Cathedral (Photo: Fmira)

Maputo (until 1976 Lourenço Marques) is the capital and the largest city in Mozambique. It is also the main financial, corporate and mercantile center in the country. It is located on the west bank of Maputo Bay, in the extreme south of the country, close to the border with South Africa and the border with Swaziland and, therefore, the triple border of the three countries. Until March 13, 1976 the city was called 'Lourenço Marques' in honor of the Portuguese explorer of the same name.

The city administratively constitutes a municipality with an elected government and has also, since 1980, the status of province. It should not be confused with the province of Maputo, which occupies the southernmost part of Mozambican territory, except for the city of Maputo. The municipality has an area of ​​346,77 km² and a population of 1 094 315 (2007 Census), which represents an increase of 13,2% in ten years. Its metropolitan area, which includes the municipality of Matola, has a population of 1 inhabitants (766 Census).

The city of Maputo has some important monuments for understanding the history, not only of the city, but of the country itself. Although much of the heritage is degraded, the city displays interesting examples of Portuguese modernist architecture that flourished in the 1960s and 70s of the last century.

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