Angola: Government Wants Mbanza Kongo Historic Centre Mandatory Tourist Destination

Luanda — The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Environment highlighted, last Tuesday, the need for local authorities and investors to transform the Historic Centre of Mbanza Kongo into a mandatory tourist destination, for the capitalization of the region's historico-cultural wealth.

In a message alluding to the third anniversary of the elevation of the former capital of the Kingdom of Kongo to World Heritage, the government department said that it was based on its strong economic potential and unique natural beauty, highlighting the Museum of the Kings of Kongo, the Nkulumbimbi, the former Traditional Court, the Yala Nkuw tree, the Ruins of the Cathedral, the Cave of Nzau Evua, among other sites and monuments. The Historic Centre of Mbanza Kongo gained World Cultural Heritage status on 8 of July 2017, with its inclusion on the list of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). To mark the date, a number of activities are planned, including the creation of guided tours, television debates and various programmes aimed at increasing citizens' knowledge of the value of the centuries-old city of Mbanza Kongo. Mbanza Kongo was the political and administrative centre of the former Kingdom of Kongo, founded in the 13th century and whose influence encompassed, in addition to the northern part of Angola, the current territories of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Republic of Congo and Gabon.

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