Welcome to Uíge, a provincial capital city located in northwestern Angola. Formerly known as Carmona, Uíge has a rich history and a vibrant culture that is waiting to be explored. With a population of 322,531 (2014 census), Uíge is a bustling city that has grown from a small market center in 1945 to become a city in 1956. Let’s dive into the history, attractions, and culture of this fascinating city.

== History ==
During the Portuguese occupation, Uíge was a major center for coffee production in the 1950s. The city was also the nerve center of rebel activity against Portuguese occupation, leading to frequent guerrilla war between Portuguese forces and the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (Frente Nacional de Libertação de Angola; FNLA). In 1955, Uíge was renamed Vila Marechal Carmona after the former Portuguese President Óscar Carmona. It was later renamed simply Carmona after it became a city, but changed back to Uíge in 1975. In 2005, Uíge faced the worst known outbreak of the Marburg virus.

== Attractions ==
Uíge has a number of attractions that are worth visiting. The city is home to the beautiful Candombe Velho waterfall, which is located just outside the city and is a popular spot for swimming and picnicking. The city also has a number of historic buildings, including the former governor’s palace, which is now a museum. The museum houses a collection of artifacts and exhibits that showcase the history and culture of the region. Another popular attraction is the Uíge Cathedral, which is a beautiful example of colonial architecture.

== Culture ==
Uíge has a rich cultural heritage that is reflected in its music, dance, and art. The city is known for its traditional dance, the semba, which is performed at festivals and celebrations throughout the year. The city is also home to a number of artists and artisans who create beautiful works of art using traditional techniques. Visitors can explore the local markets to find unique souvenirs and handicrafts.

Uíge is a city that is full of surprises. With its rich history, vibrant culture, and beautiful attractions, it is a destination that should not be missed. Whether you are interested in history, culture, or just want to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery, Uíge has something for everyone. Come and discover this hidden gem for yourself!

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