Rua Patrice Lumumba (Praia)

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Rua Patrice Lumumba
Praia plaza fresco.jpg
The western portion of the street with the intersection with Avenida Amílcar Cabral at the lights
Former name(s)Rua Saldanha Lobo
NamesakePatrice Lumumba
Length130 m (430 ft)
LocationPraia, Santiago, Cape Verde
East endAvenida Andrade Corvo
Avenida Andrade Corvo
Rua Serpa Pinto
Rua 5 de Julho (pathway)
Avenida Amílcar Cabral
West endAvenida Amílcar Cabral
WestOne way

Rua Patrice Lumumba is a one way street in the Plateau of Praia, in the very center of Praia, Santiago island, Cape Verde. It runs east to west and the traffic direction is only west. It is 130 meters long and its elevation above sea level ranges from 34 meters in the east to 30 meters in the west. Address numbers are ordered westward.

About the street[edit]

Rua Patrice Lumumba in front of Alexandre Albuquerque (or 12 de Setembro) Square in 2008, Rua 5 de Julho is now pedestrianized since 2009

The street is named after the liberator of Congo (Léopoldville) (later Congo (Kinshasa)), now as the Democratic Republic of the Congo) in the mainland of Africa Patrice Lumumba and (now Democratic) Congo's first Prime Minister. It was once called Rua Saldanha Lobo after the colonial governor Joaquim Salema Saldanha Lobo who held office from November 25, 1768 to 1777.

The street was constructed as early as the 18th century.

The street begins at Avenida Andrade Corvo, its second intersection is with Rua Serpa Pinto, the rest of the street is bounded with Albuquerque Square to the south, the third intersection is with Rua 5 de Julho which has been pedestrianized since 2009 and the last is with Avenida Amílcar Cabral with a stoplight, one of the first installed in the country. The western portion is a no parking zone

The Belgian and the Dutch embassies are north of the street and the street number is 2. The Capeverdean National Justice Building is south of the street covering a block between Andrade Corvo and Serpa Pinto. A clothing shop is by the street. Inside the square, the Monument to Serpa Pinto is south of the street, a row of trees neighbors the street and its kiosk is south of the street. Some of the buildings in the north of the street one of the are colored light blue, crimson red and yellow-brown, the second one dominates the whole third block. Some of the buildings has examples of colonial neoclassical architecture. Seven buildings are within the street, four or five are on the street.

Buildings across the street include Banco Interatlântico,[1] LG Cabo Verde's offices and Mundilar shop, all located on Avenida Amílcar Cabral.


Another street named Patrice Lumumba in Cape Verde is in the Monte Sossego neighborhood in Mindelo in São Vicente. Also there is a street in Santa Maria on the island of Sal.

See also[edit]

  • List of streets in Praia


  1. "Banco Interatlântico's Official website" (in português).

Coordinates: 14°55′04″N 23°30′31″W / 14.9179°N 23.5087°W / 14.9179; -23.5087

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