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Ntarama Church

Kigali, Rwanda
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Ranked #5 of 15 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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Cambridge
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Toronto
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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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Kigali, Rwanda
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Ntarama church is located close to Kigali and is a nicely preserved memorial to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Rwanda today is moving past its history but we can not afford to forget nor afford to miss visiting the places that affront our own humanity. What I always tell our guests is you can not understand Rwanda without these... More

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Ronneby, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

To get here you have to take an bus from Kigali to Nyamata. Jump off near Ntarama and take a motorcycle the last bit. There is different houses around the church. The actual church is filled with craniums and other skeleton parts. Here is also clothes from the victims aswell as coffins with victims. Around the church are other buildings,... More

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Visiting the Church will make you sad but as a tourist in Rwanda you have to go and see it. It is unbelievable to see what happened there for someone who grew up in Western Europe. This is not like in a movie - this is what really happened. It shall never be forgotten.

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Denver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Having felt the stillness of Auschwitz, the very reticent aspect likewise oppresses the mournful Ntarama church. Both heartbreaking sites are reminders of the unspeakable cruelty, barbarism, savagery, and persecution that lie in wait in the worst of humankind. Inside the Ntarama church where thousands of innocent Rwandans, thought to be Tutsi's, were slaughtered mercilessly, recess the spirits of babies, women,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

This church is a must for visitors to Kigali who have an interest in the past and the horrors that occurred during the genocide.

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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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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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