Cemetery of Santa Cruz

Cemetery of Santa Cruz, Dili

Cemetery of Santa Cruz
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Agus S
Surabaya, Indonesia695 contributions
Jan 2020
Its a beautiful cemetery with a lot of history. visit Sebastiao Gomez grave and learn the history of the massacre. a visit would be great if you have a local friend as your guide. most of them will get very emotionally and it just make your visit even worth your time
Written January 27, 2020
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paknasi
Darwin, Australia556 contributions
Feb 2020
Given what the world saw of the massacres that took place pre-independence for Timor Leste, we had to visit this place. It's an incredible site with graves crammed so close together, it's difficult to move around. I actually jumped the fence to get back to the front gate as I was getting stressed. Far too many Timorese have died in their youth!
Written February 22, 2020
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paul g
Brisbane, Australia818 contributions
Feb 2017 • Friends
This cemetery really tells a story as the tombs of various cultures are there, the tombs of people of various wealth are there and most poignantly the graves of variously aged people are there, many very very young children. It was fascinating to walk through here and reflect and while we were there a few local family groups came to pay their respects in different ways and also to take part in religious traditions.
Written April 22, 2017
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Lyndall K
14 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
Its very moving to visit the cemetery, particularly with our JDN tour guide, Alberto, as he could tell as the story of the cemetery. It is the site of a big massacre that happened during Indonesian Occupation.

Highly recommend the microlet tour
Written April 26, 2017
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Col A
Brisbane Region, Australia437 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
Until the filming of the horrific massacre that occurred to the Timorese here was smuggled out, the rest of the world was unaware of the genocide and horror being enacted on the timorese by the Indonesian occupation.
Written July 10, 2019
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Dave P
Darwin, Australia82 contributions
Aug 2018
We visited this place with a history tour guide- a young woman from JDN - a youth organisation.
Santa Cruz cemetery has much history, but most famous is the massacre of 200 student attending the memorial service for student protester Sebastian Gomes in November 1991. The event brought worldwide attention to the violent occupation of the Indonesian army in East Timor.
Written August 28, 2018
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MikeStan65
Logan City, Australia32 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
Interesting Cemetery, this was the place where the massacre, teens and people were buried.
It was an interesting place to visit if not confornting.
Written August 24, 2018
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PORhibido
Krungthep Mahanakorn821 contributions
Sep 2013 • Family
On 12 November 1991, now commemorated as a public holiday in Timor-Leste, Indonesian troops slaughtered 250+ Timorese protestors plus one New Zealand student in cold blood. Although Indonesia described the incident as a misunderstanding, the massacre was videotaped and the footage was smuggled to and televised in Australia, whose government had for years supported Indonesian integrasi. Suddenly political elites in Canberra could no longer ignore the plight and calls for self-determination of their next-door neighbours. Even in Jakarta, pro-democracy groups began to openly discuss not just the Timor issue but also Suharto’s New Order as a whole.

Despite its powerful history, this colourful cemetery is nondescript without official guides available. Many young Timorese cannot recall the exact details of the event; if you choose to walk the grounds by yourself, you’re unlikely to learn much. In that case, you should visit the Xanana Gusmão Reading Room to watch films about one of Timor’s darkest days.
Written October 3, 2013
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CKF
CT1,981 contributions
Feb 2020
Any tour of Dili will lead you to Santa Cruz Cemetery, where a horrible massacre of 250 young people occurred in 1991. The stone designs are quite colorful, with a variety of shapes and sizes, very different from the typical American cemetery. A must see during your visit to Dili.
Written March 2, 2020
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RicMorgan
Carrum Downs, Australia23 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
Only famous for the massacre, which there is no information about, so take a guide with you. How ever there are some interesting graves
Written February 15, 2019
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