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Old March 31st, 2008, 11:05 PM   #1
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Benguela | City Gallery - Fotos da Cidade

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Benguela (São Felipe de Benguela, formerly spelled Benguella) is a city in western Angola, south of Luanda, and capital of Benguela Province. It lies on a bay of the same name.

Benguela was founded in 1617 by the Portuguese under Manoel Cerveira Pereira.

A short way beyond Benguela is Baía Farta, where salt is manufactured and sulphur excavated. Close to Baia Farta is the most beautiful beach of Baia Azul. Benguela is Angola's second most famous city and self-appointed cultural capital.

The Benguela Railway was built in the early 20th century to connect the city and Lobito to the interior, and it achieved great success when linked to the Copperbelt of Katanga, DR Congo and Zambia. Due to the civil war in Angola, which lasted more than 25 years, up to 2002, this railway is not operating any more. Only the short distance of 30 km between Benguela and Lobito remained operational. In the last two years, rehabilitation of the railway between Benguela and Huambo commenced.

In 1983 Benguela had a population of 155,000. During the civil war the city of Benguela increased its population due to refugees from the countryside. While the pre-war part of the city consists of good quality houses, most of the refugees are living today in slum areas.
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Here is the province

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Miss Benguela








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renovated area





bars and restaurants



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train monument in Benguela





open air cinema










Baía Azul



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pics taken in 2006



























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another building has been fenced off here, either it will be torn down or renovated



beautiful vantage point







renovation work











Angolan beauty

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newly built sport structure



some amazing sea food in Benguela





somewhere in Benguela





nice veranda, house in Benguela




Motorrace in Benguela

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proper street signage



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one old picture from Benguela taken in 1969




Baia Azul pictures taken in November 2007






















Singer Kayesha touring Benguela..and some of his loyal fans























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taken from lobitowebsite but showing Benguela





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Benguela youth









some residential area somewhere in the city (nothing top-end, though)

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at the coast



now the personal and recent photos taken by Blacklion, our Angolan member, and who shared them with us



































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Nicely done, Matt! Finally a respective gallery for Benguela has arrived.
Matt, you're going to handle Lobito also ? I'll handle Huambo when I have the extra time also.

Honestly, I believe that Nigeria & Angola deserves their own section.


Edit: I already handled Lobito, Matt. It's under control.

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Here's some of my contribution to the Angola gallery. Some are doubles, likely -



Benguela

















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Praia Morena
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Praia Morena
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