On This Day . . .
On April 10, 2018, we docked in Luanda, which is the capital and largest city in Angola, and the country's most populous and important city, primary port and major industrial, cultural and urban centre.
We toured around the waterfront area of the city starting out at the Igreje de Senhora de Nazare, a small church surrounded by huge skyscrapers. It is a national monument. It was built in 1664. The church had beautiful blue and white Portuguese tile work all around the inside. It is famous for its beautiful altar made of Italian rose marble.
From the church we traveled along the Marginal Bay, with the commercial part of the city on the one side and views across the bay on the other and then went to the San Miguel Fort, built by the Portuguese to defend against the French, Spanish and Dutch armies. Before returning to the ship we stopped to see the Agostinho Neto Mausoleum -- a huge, stylized and rather impressive obelisk, the gravesite of Angola's first president and was a gift from Russia.