Life in Mozambiques Abandoned Grande Hotel


For the first time, the hotel reached its maximum capacity. (Photo by Fellipe Abreu/The Guardian)



The only part of the hotel that has electricity is the side section where residents have set up a small, makeshift “cinema” – often filled with children and adults watching TV. (Photo by Fellipe Abreu/The Guardian)



After the hotel was completely abandoned in the 1970s, it was looted and people moved into the building, especially those who fled the conflict. (Photo by Fellipe Abreu/The Guardian)



The hotel closed to guests in 1963 and was only used for large events and parties. During the civil war that began in late 1970, it served as a military base and held political prisoners. (Photo by Fellipe Abreu/The Guardian)



Although Beira is a popular resort on the Indian Ocean, the hotel was never able to attract many visitors. (Photo by Fellipe Abreu/The Guardian)



The Olympic-sized swimming pools are now being used to do washing. (Photo by Fellipe Abreu/The Guardian)



It had a great stairway, hall, shops, restaurants, post office, cinema, bar and 122 rooms. (Photo by Fellipe Abreu/The Guardian)



When it opened in 1955, the Grande Hotel in the Indian Ocean city of Beira was one of the most luxurious in Africa. Photojournalist Fellipe Abreu documents the lives of the 3,500 people who now fill this long-closed hotel to capacity. (Photo by Fellipe Abreu/The Guardian)





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