A chapel built by Portuguese settlers on the island of Mussulo, in Luanda, became classified as Historical-Cultural Heritage of Angola, according to an executive decree signed by the Minister of Culture, Carolina Cerqueira.
According to the classification decree, this chapel represents “a testimony of the use made by the Portuguese colonists of the islands adjacent to the ancient city of São Paulo de Loanda, for the concentration, storage and clandestine shipment of slaves captured within the former colony of Angola ”, Informs the Lusa agency.
The document, dated May 8, recognizes the “need to promote recognition” of the so-called “Capela da Ilha do Mussulo” as an “important testimony of collective memory”, and it is now up to the local administration to take measures for the “effective protection and enhancement of the said heritage and its protection zone ”.
This classification takes place at a time when a master plan is being prepared to requalify the Mussulo peninsula, a reference for tourism in Luanda, considered urgent to curb the current “disorder” scenario in the occupation of that area.
The preparation of this project has been in charge, since 2011, of the Technical Office for Management of Urban Requalification and Development of the Coastal Perimeter of the City of Luanda, Futungo de Belas and Mussulo.
"There is an urgent need to change the current situation of disorder in the settlements of the population on the peninsula that, in good part, attack the fragile environmental ecosystem and influence the quality of life of all the usurers of this beautiful and important part of our city of Luanda", recently defended Rodrigo dos Santos, director of that office, in presenting the proposal in public consultation and still dependent on the Government.
The 'island' of Mussulo is in practice a sand bank, with 99 kilometers of coastline, connected to land. Practically inaccessible by car, only by boat, it currently has luxury ‘resorts’, restaurants, condominiums and several beaches.
The peninsula covers an area of 3,355 hectares - excluding the islands existing in the interior waters from the intervention of this plan - 84% of which are of natural landscape and only 16% of urbanized soil.
Currently, 15,300 people in permanent residences and 3,700 in second residences live in Mussulo, according to the survey conducted for this study, with four schools, a fire station, two health centers and 200 beds in eight 'resorts' in the peninsula. .