Perhaps you had the amazing opportunity of growing up there. Maybe you had the once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit the city. Or maybe you’ve heard rumors, stories and tales relating to it. Whatever your story is, the fact remains that there are a lot of unknown facts about Malawi’s commercial Blantyre City. You know it’s amazing, you know it has friendly people, but what exactly are you missing?? Below are some of the facts you might not know about Blantyre City.
- Standing at seven-storeys, the Chayamba building is the tallest in Blantyre.
- The Haile Selassie Road, Glyn Jones Road and Queen Victoria Avenue form a triangle – and you can find just about anything material-wise in this triangle. If you hate walking like I do, you know how this is a major advantage.
- Now known as Standard Bank, the first bank in Malawi was The Commercial Bank of Malawi. It is located on what is now known as La Caverna. Many people don’t know this, but the place is available for the public to see and explore.
- Michael and All Angels Church which was constructed from 1888 to 1891, was built by amateurs. Yes, amateurs – and it’s still standing tall and beautiful as ever.
- Protea Hotel Ryalls is the oldest established hotel in Malawi. It was opened in 1922 and was a legendary stop for travelers on the Cape-to-Cairo route.
- Blantyre is one of the oldest urban centers in East, Central and Southern Africa. Yup, it predates Nairobi, Harare and Johannesburg, hence has the longest historic and cultural heritage in the region. Reason for visiting, anyone??