Bolama

Guinea-Bissau


, which used to be the capital of Guinea-Bissau until 1941. The city's architecture is typically Portuguse, due to its colonial past. The city is now in a state of decadence, almost a Ghost town. 

This is the abandoned palace of the governor and the town hall of Bolama, during the period of 1879 until 1941 when it was the capital of Guinea-Bissau. This building is considered Neoclassical, but the rest of the the city's architecture is typically Portuguese, due to its colonial past. The city is now in a state of decadence, almost a Ghost town. 

(Top) The Palace of the Governor and Town Hall

Examples of Colonialist Portuguese architecture

(Bottom)This is an abandoned pool in the Island of Bolama

(Bottom)These are the headquarters of the Social Renewal Party (PRS), in the island of Bolama. This photo was taken a few days before the elections for parliament. There was an intense campaigning during the 20 days before the elections especially in the interior of Guinea-Bissau, even in islands where supposedly no food or medicine can be delivered. The African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), won with 46% of the votes on the 10th of March.

The people

(Bottom) Girls who were planning a trip to Bissau, the capital to get their hair done

(Bottom) a group of teachers

objects

(Bottom) a currently operating electricity? station