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Muxima Day Tour

Country: Angola
City: Luanda
Duration: 1 Day(s) - 0 Night(s)
Tour Category: Full Day Tours

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Departure at 07h00 to Muxima village

Muxima is a small town near Luanda in the district of Quicama.

Since 1833, after a suspected Marian apparition, Muxima is the most important place of pilgrimage of Angola and the adjacent areas. In 1924, the church was listed as a historical monument. Every year on August 31 and September 1, over one million people visit the Muxima. The church depicts the depiction of the Virgin Mary.

After arriving in Muxima, we will visit the sanctuary, and the surrounding market. There you can taste the local specialties and discover the flair of this sacred place. Next, we will visit the Fort. Founded in 1599, the Fortress of "Muxima" is placed in the district of Muxima on the left bank of the Kwanza River, Province of Bengo. It deals with the first prison of the angolan occupation period. It helped the advance of penetration to the interior of the angolan territory and assured the defence against the angolan people who offered resistance to the portuguese occupation and the other colonial potencies, of which the ships going up the Kwanza River went locking for the slaves in the interior of the country. Its building would come to support the trading relationships, the markets, the inlander ones, the ivory business and overall the slaves traffic. The Fortress of "Muxina" was used as the basis of portuguese forces and its support when they went to the interior making raids and wars of "kwata-kwata" (wars among the africans linked to the europeans who working to them, caught the other africans for the slavery). The slaves went by land in long raws to the vila of Calumbo, or were sent by sea in the Muxirna harbour and going down by ship the Kwanza River were sent to America. It was classified as National Monument by Provincial Decret n. 2, 12 of January of 1924. This Fortress is badly preserved and constitute a state property.

After visiting the Fort, you have the opportunity to do a boat trip to enjoy the nature along the Rio Kwanza from the water.

After the river tour we take our lunch in a local restaurant.

Return to Luanda.

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