The ballroom of the official palace of Mobutu in Gbadolite became the playground of the soldiers’ children who squat the place. They find balls of glass and crystal, which formerly decorated the monumental chandeliers still hanging from the ceilings, they use as marbles.
The presidential palaces built by Marshal Mobutu compose a delirious but unfinished architectural complex. The Supreme Guide did not have time to finalize the last floor of the main building.
The ballrooms worthy of an episode of " The Empress Sisi" are now squatted by soldiers’ families. Completely plundered and damaged by the rigors of the Congolese climate, they remind henceforth more the movie " Mad Max ", in a tropical version.
Soldiers’ family are squatting the buildings of the presidential palaces.
One can reach the office of the Marshal-President using a spiral staircase.
The Chinese palace is without doubt the most unusual of all in the middle of the African bush.
The Chinese palace is made of several pagodas with beams decorated with paintings and gardens of water lilies with their fountains.
Mobutu, unmistakably influenced by his visits in China, had made build an other Chinese palace not far from Kinshasa, on the presidential site of Nsele.
The swimming pool of the former residence of Mobutu in Nsele, near Kinshasa.
The swimming pool of Mobutu in Nsele became a children's playground. They fish frogs which abound in the water stagnating at the bottom.