Mogadishu: Images from the Past

Colonial period building on the lower Juba

Posted in 1800 - 1900, 1900 - 1960 Italian Period, Govt buildings by rickjdavies on 14 December, 2014

1989-32 editedPhoto taken in 1988, at the mouth of the Juba, on the north side of the river.

It could be Italian or English. This area, known as Jubaland, was once under British colonial control

Possible location: Lat and Long 0°14’55.8″S 42°37’04.0″E
-0.248845, 42.617769

“La Cattedrale”

Posted in 1950s, Religion by rickjdavies on 14 December, 2014

La Cattedrale

The Cathedral. From a postcard posted in 1950

Destroyed by fire in late 1990/early 1991

Lat and Long: 2°02’08.4″N 45°20’30.0″E
2.035658, 45.341670

“Viale Littorio”

Posted in 1930s, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 14 December, 2014

Viale LittorioLocation unknown. If you can help please leave a Comment below

 

“Mogadiscio – Arabo – Somali”

Posted in 1918 - 1940, People by rickjdavies on 20 November, 2014

Arabo-Somali

Possibly from Xamar Weyne or Shangani area of the city? Any ideas, if so please leave a Comment

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“Somalia – Mogadiscio – Albergo Savoia”

Posted in 1918 - 1940, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 20 November, 2014

Albergo SavoiaLocation found thanks to comment by Ikar below

On the site of the Jirdeh Hussein Building.

Lat and Long: 2°02’09.1″N 45°20’33.9″E
2.035855, 45.342760

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“Mogadiscio – Albergo Croce del Sud”

Posted in 1950s, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 20 November, 2014

Croce del SudHotel Southern Cross, in English. But always the Croce del Sud to me

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Lat and Long: 2°02’06.0″N 45°20’27.7″E
2.035000, 45.341028

“Mogadiscio – Panorama del Quartiere di Amarnini”

Posted in 1918 - 1940, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 20 November, 2014

Panorama Amuraini“Amarnini” being Xamar Weyne

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If you know where in Xamar Weyne (or elsewhere) this photo was taken, please leave a Comment

“Mogadiscio – Campo Militaire”

Posted in Themes by rickjdavies on 20 November, 2014

Campo MilitaireMilitary camp, location unknown.  If you know where it was, please leave a Comment

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See other photos of what seems to be the same camp here:

http://mogadishuimages.wordpress.com/2008/07/20/mogadiscio-campo-militare/

http://mogadishuimages.wordpress.com/2013/04/20/mogadiscio-campo-amnara/

Aerial view of Mogadishu, circa 1938

Posted in 1930s, Aerial photographs by rickjdavies on 20 November, 2014

Aerial1938“Somalia Italiana Mogadiscio – Panorama”

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“Mogadishu, the white city on the shores of the Indian Ocean”

Posted in 1930s, Aerial photographs by rickjdavies on 20 November, 2014

aerial view 1935

“Mogadishu,  the white city on the shores of the Indian Ocean”

From “L’Illustration” No.4799, 23 February 1935

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Interior views of the Garessa (when used as a museum)

Posted in 1950s, Govt buildings by rickjdavies on 10 November, 2014

Garissa interio 1

Undated postcard, but likely to be from the 1950sGarissa interio 2

 Undated postcard, but likely to be from the 1950s

Location on Google Maps

For other views of the Garessa at different points in time, see these postings:

“Chiesa del Sacro Cuore” (Church of the Sacred Heart)

Posted in 1950s, Churches by rickjdavies on 8 November, 2014

ChurchDestroyed during the civil war, in the early 1990s. Now a squatter area.

Location as seen on Google Maps

 

“Contrattazioni” (bargaining)

Posted in 1950s, Markets by rickjdavies on 8 November, 2014

Market sceneLocation unknown. Any ideas?

Street scene in Mogadishu

Posted in Street scenes by rickjdavies on 6 November, 2014

crowd in street

Location and date unknown. If you have any ideas, please leave a comment below

Hand weavers of Mogadishu cloth

Posted in People, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 6 November, 2014

weavers

Possibly in Xamar Weyne, where weaving like this continued until the 1980s

Traditionally done by the slave section of the Xamar population, known as (h)abash or adoon

The text below is from “The Politics of Dress in Somali Culture” By Heather Marie Akou, 2011

weavers text

See also an engraving of a similar scene from the 1880s, here.

Street scene in Xamar Weyne

Posted in 1900 - 1918, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 6 November, 2014

alleyUntitled but taken in Xamar Weyne, possibly dated 2/3/1914

“Mogadiscio – Il mercato”

Posted in 1950s, Markets, People, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 5 November, 2014

Il mercatoWhere was this photo taken? I think it is somewhere near the gold market (the arches in the distance?), but I am not sure. Leave a comment if you can help

1750 French map of the north east of Africa

Posted in 1800 < before, Maps by rickjdavies on 4 November, 2014

1750map1&2

Many of the features on this map seem largely imaginary. Some of the names on the Somalia coast are of trading ports known in antiquity but no long in existence in 1750 e.g. Opone, Mosylon, Avalites and Maleos

“Mogadiscio – Mercato del grano”

Posted in 1930s, Markets by rickjdavies on 2 November, 2014

Scan

“Tipi e costumi”

Posted in 1930s, People, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 29 October, 2014

Tipi

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