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Konzentrationslager Colonia Penal de Tarrafal

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Address: Strasse zwischen Chao Bom und Tarrafal, Tarrafal, Santiago, Cape Verde
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Memories from portuguese History

A place for those who care for Portuguese History before the 25 April Revolution. It should be a well taken cared museam but it's only a place of (bad) memories. A personal... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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Lisbon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

A place for those who care for Portuguese History before the 25 April Revolution. It should be a well taken cared museam but it's only a place of (bad) memories. A personal special place for me. You can reach it by taking one of the local transportation Hilux at Tarrafal; or you can walk (if you like!)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Campo do Taraffal gives you an impressive insight on the way Portugal under the rule of Salazar was handling persons with a different political view The building speak for itself but it would be nice if the Portuguese texts were translated in English.

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rotterdam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Very impressive, very pure. Iinteresting exhibition, but unfortunatly only in Portugues. But everything is original and gives you a clear message about what dictators did to silence their political enemies

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WInnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

It is interesting to note that the Portuguese thought to build this monstrous camp at the same time that the French had decided to close their tropical hell-hole. Although the signage is only in Portuguese, an English (or French, or German) leaflet would be helpful, the messages were pretty clear ... the Portuguese government of the day was not kindly... More 

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Historic site. Concentrationcamp for (political) prisoners from the the Portugese Salazar-periode. Goose-bumps if you see under what conditions they were kept in prison. Very low entrancefee. You can visit al buildings by yourself and you are free to take pictures all over.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

A concentration camp will never be an uplifting experience, but this one was appalling. Aggressive begging children haunt the car park; the buildings are deserted, and what information there is fails to convey much about the history of the place. This was our introduction to Tarrafal, and it set a downbeat mood for the rest of our stay in this... More 

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

It is worth seeing just in order to understand better the history of Cape Verde. If you need a guide with a car from Praia to travel in Santiago and speak Spanish or Portuguese (he understands some English), call Emanuel at 9810891 - we enjoyed his company a lot.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

It was interesting to see, but there isn't a lot of information. Especially for foreign visitors. The property needs to be taken care of, mowed maybe. It did cost some, but it was very unprofessional. We weren't sure if the person was tricking us into giving him money or if he actually was in charge of it. He allowed kids... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

It's always nice visit a one hundred years places of our own history. Can feel the wind and the landscape it's really so beautiful, because it's able see the big mountains and clouds in the horizon.

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swindon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Going to campo do tarrafall is very moving experience whilst there no other people arrived at the site which added to the atmosphere. However all of the information was in Portuguese which is understandable. But if cape Verde is trying to promote tourism they should provide translations in other languages.

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