Casa Princesa no Huambo.
After independence from Portugal in 1975, Nova Lisboa was given back its original name - Huambo. The Angolan Civil War (1975-2002) halted Angola's and Huambo's development, destroying a great part of its infrastructure.
Huambo became the site of a brutal battle during the bloody civil war between the government and UNITA from independence until the death of UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi. The city was besieged, extensively damaged, and its civilians were massacred en-masse or fled the city.
The death of Jonas Savimbi in February 2002 and the subsequent signature of a new cease-fire brought back tranquility to the Province and set the conditions for the present ongoing peace process and the beginning of an era of development. The advent of peace brought a new era of reconstruction and regeneration.