Built in 1912, Maputo’s Caminho de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) was voted byNewsweek as one of the ten most beautiful train stations in the world. In the old baixa (downtown) it’s an elegant peppermint green building with Victorian arches and pillars and a wrought-iron roof dome that was designed by none other than Gustave Eiffel of France’s Eiffel Tower fame.
One of the nicest things about the CFM train is that it exists not only as a working station, but as a dynamic cultural space. Since Maputo’s rise from devastation to democracy, the CFM train station has become a frequent host to assorted events from Maputo Fashion Week to live music concerts and art exhibitions. This year CFM train station turns a hundred years old and continues to be adored by Maputo’s visitors and citizens.