Mausoleum of António Agostinho Neto (Luanda, Angola)

Mausoleum of António Agostinho Neto (Luanda, Angola)

December 2019 Issue

Mausoleum of António Agostinho Neto (Luanda, Angola)


The final resting place of the first president of Angola (and the subject of our October photo), the Mausoleum of António Agostinho Neto rises, obelisk-like, 393 feet from the center of Luanda, the capital of Angola. Despite Neto's having died in 1979, the brutalist-style mausoleum was not completed until 2012.

As well as being a politician, Neto was known in his native country as an accomplished poet. According to some, the design of the monument is based on his poem “A Path to the Stars.” During its construction, it was locally nicknamed “Sputnik” due to its spaceship-like shape.

Ten correct answers were submitted naming the location shown in our October mystery photo, and DONNA PETERSON of Patch Grove, Wisconsin, won the drawing. We thank Gunter and Ginny Arndt of Solomons, Maryland, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

John Haseman, Grand Junction, CO; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Justine Kirby, New York, NY; Earl Mack, San Ramon, CA; WINNER: Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Pamela Ross, Louisville, KY; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; JoAnn Schwartz, Los Altos, CA.