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Address: Chao Bom, Tarrafal, Santiago, Cape Verde
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A piece of history

This was a prison until 1974, when Cape Verde declared its independence from Portugal. Earlier it was used for Portuguese prisoners against the dictatorship in Portugal and later... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 3, 2015
Ana V
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There is not much to see and you need to understand Portuguese to read the papers on the walls that tells the story of the people, nevertheless imagine how it must have been for them who where locked here

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015 via mobile

This place is really interesting and a good chance to show Cabo Verde history to visitors. HOWEVER they are not making the most with this opportunity. Ticket fee is 100CVE, and you get what you pay for. There was a lot of information in the walls but only in Portuguese. Nobody explains you anything about it, so we just took... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

This was a prison until 1974, when Cape Verde declared its independence from Portugal. Earlier it was used for Portuguese prisoners against the dictatorship in Portugal and later for fighters from the colonies against the Portuguese control. It is well maintained and has a lot of information about the history of the place, although I think, but am not sure,... More 

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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!)

Thank MJRLisbon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

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.

Thank Wouter R
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108 reviews
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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

Thank ronaldvb
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 

1 Thank MaxGlobetrotter
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 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 

Thank YorkshireGypsygirl
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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11 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 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.

1 Thank Ramune T

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