Cidade Velha is a village in Cabo Verde, in 10 kilometers from Praia.
Fifteen years ago, it didn’t differ much from typical African village, but in 1999, it was added to World Heritage list of UNESCO and now it is a small touristic center and a must-do for those travelers who found themselves in Praia.
Cidade Velha was a capital of colonial Cabo Verde. That time it was called Ribeira Grande de Santiago. The main square has a monument called Pelourinho, where the exchange and the punishment of slaves took place.
Cidade Velha used to be a port city.
Some historical places are still in ruins.
But something is restored already. The restoration works take place gradually.
Farm animals walking on the street is already a common thing.
Most houses doesn’t have glazed windows. Some of them doesn’t have doors either.
Children try to play music by beating the bowl with a stone. Right when they see white men, they start ask for money.
Three children divide two coins.
Some time ago there was a fertile valley.
The main sight is the fort.
Now there is also a restored church in the jungle.