We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“A dark day for mankind that was ...”
Review of Nyamata Church

Nyamata Church
Ranked #3 of 62 things to do in Kigali
Certificate of Excellence
Attraction details
Reviewed June 20, 2012

The church is now a memorial site for tens of thousands who sought refuge in the house of god but were massacred by troops of the former regime. A haunting sight, the catacombs as well as the piles of clothes kept from those killed.Nyamata Church is of equal of importance to mankind as is Auschwitz or Buchenwald from Nazi Germany, a reminder that we must truly never ever let that happen again ...

Thank Safariafficionado
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (214)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

171 - 175 of 214 reviews

Reviewed May 21, 2012

My recommendation is to visit the KIgali Memorial Centre first, and on a different day, so that the atrocities you will encounter first hand at Nyamata are in context. As at Ntarama, you will face the inner sanctum of evil in the human spirit here. The familiar church setting at Nyamata will prove particularly shattering to the religiously faithful church goers who will immediately feel the horror of the day of the massacre, juxtaposed in the familiar church setting. During my visit i met with a young man who showed me his parents' caskets in the underground catacombs. The one on one, up close and personal massacres are revealed without pity as your eyes slowly adjust to the dim lighting and your mind staggers to discern the exhibits - which it will. this visit will shed real light though on the genocidal processes which build and build to the bursting point, whether it is here or Srebenica or Auschwitz or any of a million other places in darker recesses of human history. lesson: challenge and fight abuse of every kind as soon as it appears. the demanding question of WHY Europe and the USA did not intervene overwhelms at Nyamata due to the familiar setting of what was an upbeat, religiously spiritually vibrant church. it is not a lightweight experience, be advised.

3  Thank boundforglory
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 23, 2012

This church, once believed to be a sancturary of safety for the oppressed, was the site of 10,000 murders during the genocide. Approximately 45,000 people are buried on the site. The clothes of the bodies recovered are respectfully laid on the pews of the once Roman Catholic church. The altar cloth and tabernacle remain "as is" from 1994. A visit to the underground graves are truly sobering. I stopped counting after 3,000 skulls - adults and children.

1  Thank Advancepsy
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 22, 2012

If you are visiting Rwanda this is one place which you ought to visit to get some sense of the horrors which occured here. The church feels haunted but yet the birds chirp outside and the guides are friendly and sensitive. It is a truly amazing place.

Thank Cathmce
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 20, 2012

We visited Nyamata Church via local transport which was 800Rfw which was fine. It took abot 20 mins. You could get a taxi if you wanted to go by private car. This will be about $30 USD or more.

The Memorial place itself is very sad and confronting but it is essential for all travellers to visit if you want to understand what went on in the 1994 genocide and what the Rwandan's are trying to overcome.

It is free but there is a donation box. The guide is informative the site itself is now surrounding by pretty gardens you can sit in and reflect.

Must see.

Thank Katie R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Nyamata Church also viewed

Kigali, Kigali Province
 
Kigali, Kigali Province
Kigali, Kigali Province
 

Been to Nyamata Church? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing