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Ntarama Church

Kigali, Rwanda
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Ranked #5 of 14 attractions in Kigali
Type: Historic Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

For those on a budget. Go to Kigali bus station. Ask to go to nyamata town for 600 francs. Once you arrive use the bargaining power you have to the max. You will get surrounded by bike taxi. Tell them you want to go to nyamata church, then ntarama and back to bus station. Anything around 2500 francs for this... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Ntarama Church is the satellite Church to Nyamata and is only a brief drive from the latter. Our guide was a volunteer student, who explained the history of Rwanda and its people from the 1950’s onwards, extremely well. Photography is not allowed inside the buildings on this site, however you are permitted to photograph outside in the grounds. During the... More

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Kampala, Uganda
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Be prepared. It's not easy to visit the two churches (this one and Nyamata) but they have been preserved since the genocide and you see what happened. The tour guides are respectful and matter-of-fact as they take you through and describe what happened. You will see skulls and bones. You can visit both churches in one afternoon. It takes about... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

A bit out of town but if you are interested at all about learning about this terrible tragedy, this is a very powerful place to visit. Our guide was a young man who lost his family during the genocide. They have a "quiet area" where you can sit and reflect after your visit. It was needed - very sad, many... More

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

In my opinion, Ntarama was the most powerful of the genocide sites we went to in Rwanda. It is not a museum or like any memorial site I have been too. It's harsh and horrible past is felt strongly. We also visited the Gisozi museum and the Nyamata church. Ntarama is a small red brick church with holes in it... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

feel the impact of the genocide in a way the genocide museum cannot express. Not to be missed if you want to understand the psyche of Rwanda.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

This memorial site serves as a harsh reminder of the atrocities that took place in 1994. It is very confronting but absolutely worth the visit. Coffins still sit in the church, waiting for their final resting place to be determined. The events that took place in the Sunday school room are simply horrific. I recommend visiting the memorial centre in... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

I visited the two churches close to Kigali on a Sunday afternoon. The place has already been physically described here. I was most touched to see busses full of locals visiting the memorial at the same time I was there - my visit was during the 100 days of remembrance. The church was full of wreaths, flowers, and memorials for... More

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

Painful to visit and imagine the horror for the victims; guide explained what happened building by building; Sunday School room was the worst in all

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

This Genocide Memorial has been kept as it was with only a protective roof added above the buildings. The holes left from the grenades, the bones, the blood stained clothes and weapons and the blood of children make this an overwhelmingly emotional visit. It will not be for everyone but is most worthwhile.

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