15 January 2013

Angola: Degradation of Monuments and Historic Sites Worries Local Residents

Caxito — The province of Bengo has twelve monuments and historic sites classified by the Ministry of Culture, most of which in an advanced state of degradation, a situation that is worrying the local society.

According to the provincial director of culture in Bengo, the list of monuments include former building of Ambriz Municipal Chamber (from XIX-XX century), Saint Joseph Church (Century XIX), Fortress, the slave house, and the Saint John Church.

The Chalet building, in which currently operates the government of Bengo, the Church of Our Lady Anne, in Caxito, are also listed as part of monuments.

For historical sites, the society of Bengo cares about the restoration of historic and picturesque area of Ambriz, called Urban Core of the former village.

For the recovery of the monuments, the provincial director of culture, Moses Kafala, assured that efforts are being done at the Ministry of Culture so that the restoration is effected in short term, in order to provide a testimony for future generations.

The minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz e Silva, called on businesspeople to work with the government in order to request the occupation of monuments and historical sites and turn them into leisure and libraries to make them profitable and contribute to the state revenue.

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