Quartel Jaime Mota

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Quartel Jaime Mota
Av. Andrade Corvo, Praia, Cape Verde
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Front of the barracks of Jaime Mota
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Quartel Jaime Mota
Cape Verde
Coordinates 14°54′58″N23°30′32″W / 14.9162°N 23.5088°W / 14.9162; -23.5088 Coordinates: 14°54′58″N23°30′32″W / 14.9162°N 23.5088°W / 14.9162; -23.5088
Site history

Quartel Jaime Mota is a historical building in the historic city centre (Plateau) of Praia, Cape Verde. It is situated at the southern end of Avenida Andrade Corvo, near the Presidential Palace of Cape Verde. It was built between 1823 and 1826 as a military barracks. The present structure in Neo-Manueline style dates from 1872, and was further expanded and modified in the late 19th and early 20th century. [1] After independence, it was named after Jaime Mota, a Cape Verdean militant of PAIGC who was killed in Portuguese Guinea (now Guinea-Bissau). [2]

Plateau (Praia) Neighbourhood in Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde

Plateau is the historic centre of the capital city of Praia in the island of Santiago, Cape Verde. It gets its name because it is situated on a plateau overlooking the port of Praia. Its average elevation is 37 meters above sea level. The population of Plateau was 1,019 at the 2010 census. Many public buildings are situated in Plateau, notably the Presidential Palace, the cathedral, the city hall and the Ethnographic Museum.

Praia Capital city in Santiago

Praia is the capital and largest city of Republic of Cabo Verde. Located on the southern coast of Santiago island, within the Sotavento Islands group, the city is the seat of the Praia Municipality. Praia is the economic, political, and cultural center of Cabo Verde.

Cape Verde Country comprising ten islands off the Northwest coast of Africa

Cape Verde or Cabo Verde, officially the Republic of Cabo Verde, is an island country spanning an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean. It forms part of the Macaronesia ecoregion, along with the Azores, Canary Islands, Madeira, and the Savage Isles. Located 570 kilometres (350 mi) west of the Cape Verde Peninsula off the coast of Northwest Africa, the islands cover a combined area of slightly over 4,000 square kilometres (1,500 sq mi).

An abandoned BRDM-2 tank in 2012 Praia-Quartel Jaime Mota (3).jpg
An abandoned BRDM-2 tank in 2012

In 2012 it was decided that the building will be restored and house both a military museum and services of the Ministry of Defence. [3] The Angolan Minister of Defence has agreed to cooperate in the rehabilitation works. [4]

Angola Country in Africa

Angola, officially the Republic of Angola, is a west-coast country of south-central Africa. It is the seventh-largest country in Africa, bordered by Namibia to the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Zambia to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Angola has an exclave province, the province of Cabinda that borders the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The capital and largest city of Angola is Luanda.

See also


  1. Valor simbólico do centro histórico da Praia, Lourenço Conceição Gomes, Universidade Portucalense, 2008, p. 209-226
  2. "Cabo Verde : a policia militar" [Cape Verde: Its Military Police] (in Portuguese). Operacional. 3 December 2009.
  3. "Jaime Mota albergará o futuro Ministério da Defesa Nacional e o Museu Militar" [Jaime Mota to be Used as a Future National Ministry of Defence and a Military Museum] (in Portuguese). Cape Verdean National Ministry of Defence. 9 November 2012.
  4. Cabo Verde e Angola assinam acordo de cooperação na área da defesa

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