Centre historique de São Filipe

Photo by Roman Bruehwiler.

Centre historique de São Filipe is part of the Tentative list of Cabo Verde in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

The historic center of São Filipe on the island of Fogo dates from the 19th century and is known for its “sobrados” town houses. These are two-storey mansions where the elite lived on the upper floor and their slaves on the lower floor. The houses have richly decorated facades as well as wooden balconies.

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Wojciech Fedoruk

Poland - 15-Jun-18 -

Centre historique de São Filipe (T) by Wojciech Fedoruk

Although Fogo is one of the most interesting islands of Cape Verde, not many tourist go there. Majority of those who choose to visit Fogo, stay in its capital, Sao Filipe. Sao Filipe is a small town, located on the high cliff, so the ocean is visible from practically everywhere. The town is poorer than caboverdian average and preserved most of its colonial style. There are even no asphalted roads, only cobblestone ones, which makes the town more “authentic” than, say, popular and modernized Mindelo. Despite that, it may be difficult to document outstanding universal value of this place, especially taking into account that the local government does not care of historic integrity of the town – so there are new, modern looking buildings next to historical ones.

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Centre historique de São Filipe
Cabo Verde
Urban landscape - Colonial
2016 Revision

Renomination of Ville de Sao Filipe (2004)

2016 Added to Tentative List

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Centre historique de São Filipe (T)
WHS 1997-2024