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1885-1960 Belgian colonial architecture

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Leopoldville, 1958: aerial view of the Avenue Ryckmans with administrative buildings on the left and the newly built residence of the Governor-general of the Belgian Congo in the back (with the Congo river behind it).

Leopoldville/Kinshasa


The Presidential Palace, currently occupied by President Joseph Kabila, in Gombe, Kinshasa. This is the former residence of the Governor-general that can be seen on the previous picture in the back. The palace should not be approached nor photographed, hence the rather poor quality of the picture...


St Anne church and convent in the central Gombe district of Kinshasa, with the Mobutu-era Sozacom building (Société Zaïroise de Commerce) in the background.




Forescom building (1945-48), Leopoldville.


Main building of the "Foundation médicale de l'Université de Louvain" (Fomulac) in Kisantu, July 2008, still in use as a school building.


View on part of the university campus, Unikin, Kimwenza-Kinshasa. Faculty buildings in the front and university cathedral in the back. The university campus , the first of the Congo, was built from 1953 onward.


Op Mont Galiema kijkt het standbeeld van Albert I vanaf het Etnografisch Museum nog steeds uit over de skyline van Kinshasa. Het standbeeld stond tot in de jaren 1960 op het plein voor het centraal station van Kinshasa, aan het begin van de Boulevard du 30 juin (toen Blvd. Albert I).
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Deel van de eerste kerk die in Boma werd opgericht in 1885. De kerk bestond volledig uit (bij Charleroi) geprefabriceerde gietijzeren elementen, die gemakkelijk konden worden gemonteerd en gedemonteerd.

Boma


Former colonial villa in the Boma residential district (near the Governor-General's residence).


Former colonial villa in the Boma residential district (near the Governor-General's residence).


Former colonial villa in the Boma residential district (near the Governor-General's residence).


Gebouw van de vroegere koloniale administratie in de benedenstad van Boma, vlak naast het vroegere militaire kamp van de Force Publique en naast de rivierhaven.


The colonial-era residence of the Governor-general in Boma (Boma served as capital of the Belgian Congo from 1908 until 1926, when Leopoldville-Kinshasa took on that role).


Classrooms at the Institut Boma Mungu, an extensive school complex in Boma.


Assembly hall of the Institut Boma Mungu, Boma.
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Matadi


Matadi centre


Matadi central square in front of Hotel Metropole.


Streetlife in central Matadi.


Hotel Metropole, Matadi, Bas-Congo.


Inner courtyard of the Hotel Metropole, Matadi.
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Kantoor van de voormalige Banque du Congo Belge. Het gebouw, in typische koloniale stijl, bevindt zich tegenover de kathedraal van Mbandaka. Een prachtig en zeldzaam voorbeeld van zuivere Belgische koloniale architectuur.

Coquilhatstad/Mbandaka




Het voormalige "Hotel Leopold II", één van de top-hotels voor de blanke kolonialen in wat toen Coquilhatstad was.


Recently renovated colonial villa in Mbandaka.


Mbandaka hospital (formerly Hôpital Reine Elisabeth). Extensively refurbished it functions as Mbandaka's main hospital.


What used to be the "hôpital des noirs" in colonial times now houses a secondary school.


The cathedral of Coquilhatville (Mbandaka) in about 1930. The imposing brick building, in a sort of Belgian colonial neo-Romanesque style stands on the road that lines the Congo river-front and leads up to the riverport, an important stopover between Kisangani (Stanleyville) and Kinshasa (Leopoldville).
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More colonial architecture in the commercial district of Mbandaka, Equateur province.

Mbandaka


Colonial architecture in Mbandaka, Equateur province.

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Kisantu, Bas-Congo (some 120 km south of Kinshasa)


The catholic cathedral in Kisantu, Bas-Congo (some 120 km south of Kinshasa), reputedly the largest church building in the Congo.


Kisantu kathedraal interieur


Mbanza-Ngungu


Old colonial villa in Mbanza-Ngungu, Bas-Congo.


Old villa. Mbanza-Ngungu was much favoured by colonialists because of its mild climate and moderate temperatures (at 700 metres above sea level).


Old colonial villa. It once housed one family, now four.


With its hill-top villas, bustling centre and railway connection Mbanza-Ngungu (formerly Thysville) has a certain cosmopolitan air. The "hotel Cosmopolite" dates from colonial times but seems to have gone out of business.


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Bamanya


1930s church built by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in Bamanya, near Mbandaka, Equateur province.
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