At the heart of Maputo, capital of Mozambique, stands a building that testifies to the long history of the Ismaili Muslim community in the region – the first Maputo Jamatkhana was inaugurated in 1941 by João Tristão de Bettencourt, then Governor General of Mozambique, who gave it the name Edificio Sua Alteza Aga Khan.
By the early 1960s, the Jamat had grown substantially necessitating the construction of a larger center comprehending spaces for worship and reflection, socio cultural activities, sports facilities and religious formation. The new project team included the renowned architect and engineers, Francisco F. Saldanha; Carlos Doria Nobrega and Morgado; and the master craftsman Joaquim da Silva Duarte. The extension was completed and was inaugurated in 1968 by the new Governor General, Dr. Baltazar Rebello de Sousa.
The structure is timeless in its design and a reminder of the Jamat's rich heritage in this unique African country.
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*Ismaili Community's place of worship and social cultural activities