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“Must-see genocide memorial” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ntarama Church

Ranked #4 of 58 things to do in Kigali
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Owner description: 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.
Toronto
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“Must-see genocide memorial”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2014

The church at Ntarama is now a genocide memorial.

The church is outside Kigali a little ways, but it is absolutely worth your while to go there to see it.

Visited July 2014
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Kigali, Rwanda
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“Not to be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

Ntarama church is located close to Kigali and is a nicely preserved memorial to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Rwanda today is moving past its history but we can not afford to forget nor afford to miss visiting the places that affront our own humanity.

What I always tell our guests is you can not understand Rwanda without these visits. If you miss the memorials you will miss the extraordinary resilience of the Rwandan people.

Visited March 2014
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Karlskrona, Sweden
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“Heartbreaking”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2014

To get here you have to take an bus from Kigali to Nyamata. Jump off near Ntarama and take a motorcycle the last bit. There is different houses around the church. The actual church is filled with craniums and other skeleton parts. Here is also clothes from the victims aswell as coffins with victims. Around the church are other buildings, for example a building where they burned the bodies and the old sunday school for the children. There is no entrance fee and you get a guide when you get there. You should put something in the tip box when you're done.

Visited May 2014
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Munich, Germany
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“Very sad but a must see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2014

Visiting the Church will make you sad but as a tourist in Rwanda you have to go and see it. It is unbelievable to see what happened there for someone who grew up in Western Europe. This is not like in a movie - this is what really happened. It shall never be forgotten.

Visited May 2014
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Denver
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“Overwhelming sadness”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2014

Having felt the stillness of Auschwitz, the very reticent aspect likewise oppresses the mournful Ntarama church. Both heartbreaking sites are reminders of the unspeakable cruelty, barbarism, savagery, and persecution that lie in wait in the worst of humankind. Inside the Ntarama church where thousands of innocent Rwandans, thought to be Tutsi's, were slaughtered mercilessly, recess the spirits of babies, women, and men. Skull and bones remain neatly lined in rows. Upon the church pews are the clothes they wore that fateful day; bloodied and decaying. They are now the sacred vessels of the unreliable sanctuary. There is an attendant who walks respectfully through the memorial telling the story of the ethnic cleansing that happened on this hallowed ground in just one day in 1994. There is a beautiful eternal flame lighted on the grounds which renews the promise of redemption. You may photograph freely outside the church but not inside which has become a venerable coffin. If your time is limited, I maintain that the two church memorials are more important than the main memorial in Kigali. This is something that you experience, not just read.

Visited March 2014
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