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Konzentrationslager Colonia Penal de Tarrafal

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Jul 10, 2018
“Historically important”
Mar 11, 2018
“Heartbreaking visit to former prison camp”
Chao Bom, Tarrafal, Santiago 7110, Cape Verde
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Reviewed July 10, 2018

Any concentration camp is a permanent reminder of what should not be repeated and despite the fact that most of the chambers don't convey what really happened it is nevertheless worth the visit in my personal perspective.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Iolanda A
Reviewed March 20, 2018 via mobile

Interesting to see ofcourse but all the rooms amd chambers are empty. You don't really get an idea of the living conditions. Only 100$ to get in. When you walk there from the main street alot of childern come to you beggin for money.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 11, 2018 via mobile

One can only become silent and respectful to the many that have suffered here in terrible circumstances.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank wwvanderlinden
Reviewed November 22, 2017 via mobile

Impressive part of cabo verde's history with some english information. You don't need the information to feel the impact this prisson/camp had...

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed September 24, 2017 via mobile

The concentration camp was not at all busy the day we went. There was a fruit seller trying her luck at the gate trying to charge us 200 escudos but we realised there wasn't an official entrance ticket booth. It's very basic as it hasn't...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed July 22, 2017

1. It costs 100 to get in. There was no tour guide when I went, but supposedly, there is one and it is at no charge or a very small one. 2. The museum itself is still in the works. There were some English writing,...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed March 16, 2017 via mobile

We visited this place during a week long stay in Tarrafal. Grim and haunting - this is where portugal locked away dissidents during colonial times. Not terribly well curated or presented but still worth visiting when you are in the area.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Pwoywodt
Reviewed January 16, 2017

There isn't a great deal to see, but if you read the information ( which does have English translations) and go inside the buildings it is fairly easy to imagine and piece together the horrible history in this 'Camp of Slow Death'.

Date of experience: December 2016
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Reviewed January 7, 2017

One of those places you will never forget. You cannot think of such an awful place to have been still operating 40 years ago. A never closed wound, teaching so much.

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank roseglobe
Reviewed December 29, 2016

For people interested in colonial history the two main sights in the Cape Verde are both on the island of Santiago: one, Cidade Velha, deals with the beginning of this period, the other, the Tarrafal Concentration Camp, with its end. Each of them is fascinating...More

Date of experience: December 2016
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