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28 May 2018
“A sad but necessary reminder of the history of Cabo Verde”
23 Jun 2018
“Worth A Visit”
Hauptplatz, Cidade Velha, Santiago 7629, Cape Verde
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Reviewed 23 June 2018

Make sure you have a guide to explain the extraordinary, and very sad, history. This is the place were slaves were abused.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

The pretty central square of Cidade Velha is a harsh reminder of the slave trade that passed through the islands for so long and the fact that for these people the ocean, just metres away, was a route to hardship and suffering. The history of...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

We visited this during a visit to ciudade velha. A chilling reminder of how slaves were treated. Well preserved as well. Mind the taxi drivers around who can be a hassle.

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Although it is in the middle of town, you can easily pass it by if you do not know the history or meaning of it.

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Toon S
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Down in the attractive main square of Cidade Velha stands a marble pillar, which is called the 'Pelourinho' (Pillory). Here apparently were once sold the African slaves, the main revenue of the early Portuguese settlers. Cidade Velha had been several times destroyed by pirates. In...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank saronic
Reviewed 8 December 2016

This central square has nothing special, and it would be good if a little historical explanation could be provided to the by passer. As such it is a bit like the rest of the town, not very impressive. Some people are selling souvenirs to tourists...More

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank 217fanny
Reviewed 12 July 2016

This is a restored whipping post used to punish slaves. It is set on a picturesque square in the old city, close to the bay. Locals set up souvenir shopping on the plaza surrounding this historic monument. There are cute ocean front hotels here for...More

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed 13 June 2016

we were told that on this spot was held the slave market in the past. from here, slaves were shipped to north middle and south america.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank antoonsix
Reviewed 11 March 2016

This square reminds visitors of the history of the slave trade in the past. The only real reminder of this now is the column. The rest of the square is taken up with market stalls hoping to attract tourists. The are also cafes nearby.

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank Andrew C
Reviewed 14 November 2015 via mobile

We were more amazed for the history than for the monuments. People is nice and helpful. Good place to eat seafood on the restaurants by the beach

Date of experience: November 2015
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