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The Tragic Demise Of The Grande Hotel In Mozambique

The Tragic Demise Of The Grande Hotel In Mozambique

It wasn't supposed to end like this.

Back in 1954, The Grande Hotel Beira was opened to tremendous fanfare and celebration in Mozambique. At the time it was considered to be one of THE most exclusive and luxurious hotel in the whole of Africa with a staggering 130 rooms spread of 21,000 square meters of land. Inside the hotel itself were conference rooms, a massive swimming pool and even a few dance halls. But over the next decade it simply lost more and more money until it eventually shut down sometime around the beginning of the 1960s.

Since then it's fallen into utter disrepair and has been used for a variety of purposes. From 5 star hotel to then being used as a refugee camp, from a refugee camp to a jail for those causing "political unrest" through to its current state as nothing more than shell for thousands of impoverished squatters and homeless. Either each new incarnation, the hotel and it's legacy become more and more a distant memory.

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