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La Maison des Esclaves

Address: Goree Island, Dakar, Senegal
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Ranked #1 of 20 Attractions in Dakar
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This centuries-old house served as a processing center for African slaves.
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Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This centuries-old house served as a processing center for African slaves.

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Prishtina
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The slave house is an interesting place to visit and get more information about the slave trade that took place in this part of Africa. Upon arrival by the ferry boat you can easily navigate through the island or get a guide to show you the places. There are a lot of small souvenir traders that offer you all kinds... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

if in dakar you need to take a tour to the island which was the point of no return for the slave trade, gives you a good insight of this part of history. Today the island has a lot of artist, which for the most are very skilled. book a guide or else you will not be left alone and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This is a must-see/do when in Dakar. Ille de Goree (Goree Island) which La Maison des Esclaves is situated on is an enchanting place with its rich history, colours and artistry. The history behind La Maison des Esclaves gives one heart breaking insight to the lives of Africans from 15th to 18th century. Take to listen to the guided tour,... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

The maison was quite interesting, but after some limited research, it seems the whole story is exaggerated a bit. The visit was still quite moving, but it made it harder to truly appreciate since one couldn't tell what parts were true or not. Separately, the rest of the island was wonderful, especially the paintings along the walkway up to the... More 

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Coimbra, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

It was a very interesting place to visit. A place with history which is important to visit with a tour guide.

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Yellow Springs, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This little museum is a must-see during any trip to Dakar. The exhibits are small and the slave house is best seen with a knowledgable tour guide, but even if you had to go on your own and read about the history of this building, it would be worth the trip. The Door of No Return that led many away... More 

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Constanta, Constanta, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Altough a visit at La Maison des Esclaves is short, because the house of slaves was not a very big one, you can take the oportunity to learn a lot about how the slaves were being kept before shipping to America. Take a guided tour. Is not expensive, but makes the entire visit a lot more meaningful. After that, take... More 

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Dakar, Senegal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

It was amazing and a bit morose to feel the space that humans were packed into like sardines, the only thing that was missing I'm sure is the stench of all of the bodies jammed in to spaces. The tour give lots of information about how they separated men, women and children as well as how they were restrained, with... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We visited this little island by the name of 'Island of Goree'. We could hop on an old boat in Dakar. This old boat was already quite adventurous. After crossing the water for approx. 30 minutes, one reaches this lovely looking little island which by the time we arrived there, was overgrown by all colors of blooming bougainville. The houses... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Interesting, a guide is quite necessary, but be sure you settle the price beforehand to avoid unpleasant haggling at the end of the tour.

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