Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee

Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee, Goree Island

Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee

Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee
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Kabir L
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Great history from the slave trade era
Nov 2019 • Friends
According to the local guides, the building is now a hospital run by nuns but it used to be a slave house owned by a lady born of a white Portuguese man and a black virgin slave. Being a child of the slave owner, she had the power to own and sell slaves. This is one of the many relics of the slave trade.
Written 2 November 2019
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Terrance M
Hamilton, Canada3,012 contributions
TRANQUIL CHURCH
Apr 2019 • Friends
You feel little of the hell of slavery at most parts of Goree Island. It is nevertheless a rather beautiful area with reconstructed houses, many in bright colours. It was a surprise to find this nice church, emptied out after the Sunday morning service. Its history is outlined in other reviews, only noting it was named after a bishop from Milan. The church is larger than I would have thought. Of special note is the spiral staircase tucked away in the back left corner and the stained glass windows. Two hundred plus years ago those praying here apparently saw no conflict with their Christian faith in participating in the slave trade.
Written 23 April 2019
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thesmdm
Auckland, New Zealand1,291 contributions
Goree Island - Christian Church
May 2017 • Friends
As we visited Goree Island on a holiday, there was a church service in progress as we wandered past. Worth a visit.
Written 22 June 2017
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Caroline R
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Interesting place for a historical visit
Apr 2017 • Solo
Although its dark history permeates throughout the visit, the island is simply beautiful. Made of Charming little streets full of flowers and well preserved historical buildings. You can expect to see Locals going about their day, doing laundry outside, kids playing ball, shop keepers making sales which give the place a lot of character. We had a tour guide with us, who explained the history of the island as well as its customs and curiosities. It is a fun day trip, where you can eat a lovely lunch of fresh seafood for about 10usd. The house of slaves memorial can be a bit intense, as you see the conditions the slaves were put through; it's an emotional site for many with its "door of no return".
Beware of the shop keepers that chase you down the streets , they can be intimidating and you may feel forced to buy something once you enter their shops.
Written 22 April 2017
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simonwonglokekoan
Kuala Lumpur461 contributions
Historical island well preserved
Dec 2016 • Solo
This is but one of many historical sites and buildings on Ile de Goree. There is like a central park open space which I'd recommend you use as compass for a sense of direction on the island. Head straight as you approach from the pier right after you disembark ferry boat. A 5-minute walk later you'll see a park bench underneath a tree. Dry & sandy all round. There may be some locals elderly gentlemen whiling the hours away. As you sit down you'll notice the remnants of a mini fortress right before your eyes. There are dwellings & sandy pathways leading in all directions. Way to your left is an old baobab tree a sight to behold. Spend a few minutes here to soak in the atmosphere amidst islanders going about their daily chores and tourists asking every which stranger for directions. No hassles from anyone, not even a souvenir seller. I made a 360-degree video if anyone is interested.
Written 23 January 2017
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Patrick D
Warsaw, Poland5,237 contributions
Church of Saint Charles Borromee
Oct 2016 • Family
Church of Saint Charles Borromee
Arriving in Senegal in the 15th century with Portuguese sailors, Christianity first established itself in the islands of Gorée and Saint-Louis until the beginning of the XIXe century its influence is limited mainly to the islands. In their stopover of Gorée, they Built to the south of the beach, a stone church without cement, covered with straw ... After the British occupation of Gorée from 1758 to 1763 where the church had served as a warehouse, the royal government decided to appoint a governor To insure the direction of the counters of Gorée and Saint-Louis, in place of the Company.
In 1763, Poncet de la Riviere, the first royal governor of the French settlements in West Africa, landed at Gorée, accompanied by the abbot Jean Baptiste Demanet, first chaplain to the king, pastor of Gorée and the French colonies in Africa. Gorée from 1774 to 1783 and from 1800 to 1817. The church was burned on Christmas night 1799 by a group of soldiers. Gorée had no more church until 1830.
The first stone of the church of Gorée was laid on April 11, 1828, the day of the feast of the King of France Charles X, reason why the building was placed under the patronage of Saint Charles Borromeo (1538-1584), archbishop of Milan. The building was completed in 1830. The architecture of this church is very similar to a church in France and inside the church, there are beautiful old crystal chandeliers, a clam shell, Stone, a marble altar, and so on. The staircase leading to the grandstand is in a spiral with an iron ramp, forged in the workshops of the French Navy, and wooden steps ... Interesting visit to understand the story of Goree
Written 29 November 2016
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