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

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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An Up Close and Personal Look at the Genocide

This is not for the feint of heart but it is worth the visit. What happened at this church to the families and children of the region needs to be remembered to protect us against... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not far from Nyamata but several kilometres off the main road, is the Church of Ntarama. Here as well a major massacre took place. Inside the Church are some of the bones and coffins of the victims, though most have now been respectfully buried at the site. Adjacent to the Church is a room filled from floor to ceiling with... More 

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Thank AndrewA64
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is not for the feint of heart but it is worth the visit. What happened at this church to the families and children of the region needs to be remembered to protect us against committing similar things in the future.

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Thank Brendan K
Durban, South Africa
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

The church is quite a way out of town and not that easy for a stranger without a guide to find. However, it is well worth the visit. My wife and I felt that this was emotionally the most significant place in Rwanda that we visited. Whilst one does not want to dwell 'on the past' and we encourage all... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

Going there after visiting the genocide memorial is eye-opening. the way there is also nice and gives a glimpse of rural Rwanda (only 40 min away from Kigali). However, note that some of the pictures do not reflect how the church currently looks like as they have removed all the clothes that were pending from the ceiling and dumped them... More 

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Kailua, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

This is one of many churches in Rwanda where the slaughter of tens of thousands of Rwandans (mostly Tutsi) was committed in 1994. About 5,000 innocent people were slaughtered at Ntarama Church. The tour of the church is an intellectually and emotionally gripping example of man's inhumanity toward their fellow humans. No photos are allowed of interiors where skulls and... More 

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Thank uilamaboy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

We visited Ntarama after visiting Kigali Genocide Memorial so the visit was meaningful with more insights. Worth the drive!

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Thank Noam S
Moscow, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016 via mobile

This church, of all the genocide memorials in town, was the most profound. It begs the question, "how does mankind do this to one another?" Terrible violence inflicted on innocent people seeking refuge in a church....

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Cotabato City, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

When you plan to come, open your mind and prepare your heart to understand. It will show you the real thing that happen during the Genoside. The tour guide is amazing and shes one of the survivors, I felt really sad and teary eyed when I left the site but so proud of what Rwandan did achieve today and how... More 

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Thank honmaymor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

Be prepared and carry a tissue or two. This memorial site is about 2.5km from the main road sign that directs you to the site. I would suggest that you take a moto-taxi or a bicycle. it cost us 200RWF from this site to the main road on a local bicycle. In itself, I found that this site was far... More 

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Thank Metsi L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

After visiting nyamata church (approx 15minutes away) I went to visit this site. I felt this was slightly more censored then the other, it is also being preserved in more of a museum feel with sign boards and proper roofing etc over the site. In the church itself there are rows and rows of skulls of the victims that were... More 

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