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Ntarama Church

Address: Kigali, Rwanda
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Ranked #5 of 14 Attractions in Kigali
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: This site of the April 1994 massacre has been declared a genocide memorial. It remains a solemn...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: This site of the April 1994 massacre has been declared a genocide memorial. It remains a solemn tribute to those who were slain, the bones and belongings of the dead still lying among the aisles and the altar.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Definitely a deep experience to process. Reading about this place is very different from being there. I'm glad I went and also feel deep respect for the Rwandan people in their grieving and healing process. There is much for the world to see in this place. We sensed the people who died there are still working for all to heal... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Ntarama Church is incredibly well preserved and a powerful reminder of the genocide. The piles of clothing in the church block a lot of light, which is quite fitting considering the circumstances. Belongings of the victims are on display, as are human remains. A few other buildings are on the premises, including a school where children hid and were ultimately... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

When I visited this place, I talked to genocide survivors who survive killing that happens in this church. They were coming from Kanzenze, Nyamata, kuri arete and they were thinking that no one can come and kill people who are in the house of God, but unfortunately murderers have entered in killing more than 20 000 people... I heard an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

The most shocking of the genocide sites because it is so well persevered. It was an in-your-face reminder of how brutal man can be. Because it still has the blood and skeletal remains of the very young, it is not advisable for children.

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Kigali, Rwanda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

First, I wish I had known that it is necessary to acquire a permit in order to photograph inside of the Ntarama and Nyamata churches. We hired a driver to take us to both churches. It is a very pleasant drive from Kiyuvu out to Bugesera -- fascinating to watch everyone walking and biking and moto-ing along the road. The... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I cannot describe this site with words it deserves. It is a church full of memories of unbelievable horror. The bloodied disintegrating clothing and the skulls and bones of the victims of the Tutsi Genocide in Rwanda, 1994. Just go and ponder.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We rented a car and driver and were able to visit both the Nyamata and Ntarama Churches on the same day. This is highly recommended and will provide a raw appreciation of the scale of the genocide. Not for those faint of heart, but not to be missed.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

You will have to take a bus from Kigali to Nyamata, but it's less than an hour each way and well worth the visit. We took bike taxis from the bus station to the church (a cheap and popular option). There are a couple buildings on site, one being the church, where the Hutus invaded during the genocide. Clothes and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We have wanted to visit this memorial site on previous visits to Rwanda but have never been able to find the right time. We are so glad we did on this visit. A beautiful, sensitively preserved site where thousand of men, women and children were slaughtered. We wre met by a well informed guide who spoke very good English who... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The church at Ntarama is now a genocide memorial. The church is outside Kigali a little ways, but it is absolutely worth your while to go there to see it.

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