Lubumbashi (formerly Elisabethville), is located at the southeastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is the country’s second largest city after the capital Kinshasa and the largest of the Katanga province.
Lubumbashi is the mining capital of Congo, acting as a hub for many of the country’s biggest mining companies. It is a big commercial and business center. Small artisanal businesses produce food products and beverages, paintings, ceramic artifacts, hand-made ornaments from copper, wood, malachite, etc.
The population of the city is between 1.5 and 2 million people; main languages spoken are Kiswahilli and French.
Climate is humid, subtropical with warm, rainy summers and pleasant, dry winters.
The city is located at 1,320 meters above sea level. The University, the Library, Saints Peter and Paul’s Cathedral, the railway station, the art-deco style Court of Justice are some of Lubumbashi’s most important buildings of colonial architecture.
The city population consists of a great variety of peoples, ethnic groups and civilizations.
The orthodox temple of «The Annunciation», stands proudly and imposingly at the centre of the town, while its byzantine beauty attracts both local residents and visitors.
Lubumbashi is the mining capital of Congo, acting as a hub for many of the country’s biggest mining companies.