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Address: Kigali, Rwanda
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This site of the April 1994 massacre has been declared a genocide...

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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Powerful experience

This is a site where 5,000 people were killed during the genocide. It is very powerful to walk on the same ground where people were murdered. The tour guide was excellent as she... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Michelle R
Olympia, Washington
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Olympia, Washington
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a site where 5,000 people were killed during the genocide. It is very powerful to walk on the same ground where people were murdered. The tour guide was excellent as she gave us a tour of all the buildings on the site. There are also beautiful gardens on the grounds. This is a must visit for anyone interested... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A short drive out of Kigali, this site is a must do to fully appreciate how far Rwanda has come since the genocide. The site keeper takes you through a tour of the small church and surrounding buildings. It is confronting to listen to the sheer horror that happened here whilst looking at the disturbing 'evidence'. But as written in... More 

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Champlain, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

The remarkable thing about Rwandans is their incredible resilience. Visiting the Ntarama Church brings home the depravity of violence between humans and the incredible lengths Rwanda has gone through to remember and forgive. The guide took us through the church, sacristy and kitchen where Tutsi's tried to escape the violence. You can't help but be moved to tears as you... More 

Thank PaulG05495
Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

A touching memorial with remnants of genocide victims that are stronger than any documentary or other document. Not to be missed although slightly out of town.

Thank Feyzi E
Nairobi, Kenya
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

If anything, Ntarama is an altogether harder prospect than the more well-known Genocide Memorial in Kigali proper. This run-down, borderline collapsing church was the site of untold horror, and this horror is still very much on display within. I won't go into grisly details, but suffice to say the experience, short though it was, was one of the most trying,... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

the second church where people sought refuge. The back building with the clothes and blood is even more horrifying. Why and how does genocide keep happening.

Thank Marilyn A
nottingham, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This is an ideal place to visit after the main genocide memorial in Kigali - it is quite a contrast but a good counterpoint and gives a more personal feeling to the story. The explanation from the guide was excellent - heartfelt and very moving

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

It's worth the trip out of Kigali to visit this preserved church, where thousands of people were murdered during the Rwanda genocide. It is an upsetting experience, but one that really helps you understand the horror of the time.

Thank armrestdominance
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The place is roughly ready for tourism but they are improving it. The guides are not very keen on English, but they are Rwandese history students on internships. I strongly recommend this memorial to those who are strong enough to see how things were left when the genocide started. If you are not, just go to the memorial on Kigali,... More 

Thank Ray C
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

I would highly recommend a visit to this AND Nyamata. Both can easily be done by car or moto (we agreed 8000rwf for a moto to take us to both and wait, tipped to increase to 10000rwf). We left Kigali just after 9am and were back just after 12:30. There is preservation work taking place at Ntarama and they are... More 

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