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La Maison des Esclaves

Goree Island, Dakar, Senegal
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Ranked #2 of 18 Attractions in Dakar
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: This centuries-old house served as a processing center for African slaves.
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Heraklion Crete
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91 reviews 91 reviews
47 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Excellent tour, very polite guide, and very knowledgable with his subject and history. Worthy to visit, if you visit Dakar. Many thanks!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Moving memorial to the slave trade. Short ferry ride from Dakar. Very good exhibits. All the displays are in French which was OK with me, but if your French is not that great bring a translator guide or at least a French - English dictionary

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

For history lovers,this is a good place to visit.The guides are so well informed and very polite.I did not enjoy the food though at one of the restaurants.

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England
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112 reviews 112 reviews
20 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This is a must but try and go there when there isn't a tour group. If you are lucky enough to be there when it is nearly empty the full horror of what happened in the past will be far more vivid and meaningful.

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Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
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17 reviews 17 reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The guide was very knowledgeable of the slave trade and events that lead to the slaves arriving at the slavehouse. Be prepared as the house is not air-conditioned nor is there running water.

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Hardenberg, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Impressive to see the maison. Although the information the are giving out may not be 100% correct its still inpressive to visit. The island itself is nice too.

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Central Florida, Florida
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Take the ferry to Goree Island and plan to spend the day.... it's charming and the Maison des Esclaves is a must see. The guides who offer their services overcharge and their 'tour' will be very short.... negotiate a price before you accept their offer.

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Abuja, Nigeria
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This historical island reminds us of man inhumanity to man. The island has been well preserved and taken care of. The people are friendly and overly eager to sell you stuff. It's a lovely place that's recommended for everyone visiting Dakar.

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Dakar, Senegal
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

It was not what I expected because I imagined it bigger and with a more interesting museum, but when I heard all the story about it and how many people were literally stored in those small rooms I couldn't believe it. Hearing or reading it and seeing it are so much different, not only the number of people but how... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

My trip to Goree as part of my DakArt and Saint Louis Jazz Festival tour was an emotional one. I had read about it but was not prepared for the tears I almost could not contain. This is the story of my ancestors, and their last experience in their homeland. I had a wonderful tour guide, and enjoyed walking around... More

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