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Memorial de l'Abolition de l'Esclavage

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Address: Rue d'Ancin, Nantes, France
Phone Number: 08 11 46 46 44
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I have mixed emotions about the memorial. It is historically important and deserves to be seen. I question some of the choices, however. The walkway are names of slave ships that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Next we walked through the Abolition Esclavage a memorial for the slaves that were captured in Nantes. Just walk across the bridge from Les Machines. To see the exhibit one walks down the stairs to the level of the water which gives the place an eerie feeling. The exhibit is one long corridor with some descriptions as the beginning of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I have mixed emotions about the memorial. It is historically important and deserves to be seen. I question some of the choices, however. The walkway are names of slave ships that came in and out of Nantes. I wonder if that was the best choice. They also completely skip the Haitian Revolution -- important both for France and for Nantes.... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

A Well designed underground walk through with loads of facts about the age of slavery. Simple, well executed, impactful. This feature is located just north of Nantes famous elephant. Somewhat difficult to find.

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Versailles, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Wonderful and creative way of making sure the history will not be forgotten. I liked the way the architects have figuratively represented the slave ships leaving the port of Nantes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Before I visited this memorial, I didn't know Nantes was a slave port. "The below ship" timeline of slavery is very well done and illuminating and powerful as are the stones with the ship names who left Nantes loaded with human cargo. Very powerful!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

An elegant and honest memorial to Nantes' dark past as a key slave trade port - make sure you walk beneath the docks, the experience is reminiscent to being inside a slave trade ship hull, very moving.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The city of Nantes made much of its power and wealth during the 17th and 18th centuries from the dreadful trade of African slavery. The city authorities have bravely confronted this historical evil and built a moving and thought provoking memorial, both above and below ground on the banks of the Loire River in the centre of the city. From... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

For those whose are interested with the subject, the will find a great variety of books and artefacts.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The only evidence of this from street level is a simple grey block wall near the river. Don't miss it because it doesn't take long to see and will be on your walking route anyway. You take steps down to an underground walkway in glass, wood and concrete, it's beautifully lit and you are at river level so can hear... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Our group of 25 were escorted by a guide from the Chateau des ducs de Bretagne otherwise it may have been difficult to find the memorial, much of which is below ground. Respect to the city of Nantes for their public declaration that the city was once at the centre of France's triangular slave trade. And that much of the... More 

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Additional Information about Memorial de l'Abolition de l'Esclavage

Address: Rue d'Ancin, Nantes, France
Phone Number: 08 11 46 46 44
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Pays de la Loire  >  Loire-Atlantique  >  Nantes
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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