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Konzentrationslager Colonia Penal de Tarrafal

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Address: Chao Bom, Tarrafal, Santiago 7110, Cape Verde

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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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'.

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italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 (and upsetting for many) in its own way. To get to Tarrafal Concentration one best... More 

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Praia, Sao Domingos, Cape Verde
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016

Interesting review of political history of Cape Verde short history before and after independence. Several rooms with pictures and briefs about the Islands history.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2016

There is not much to see and you need to understand Portuguese to read the papers on the walls that tells the story of the people, nevertheless imagine how it must have been for them who where locked here

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valencia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2015 via mobile

This place is really interesting and a good chance to show Cabo Verde history to visitors. HOWEVER they are not making the most with this opportunity. Ticket fee is 100CVE, and you get what you pay for. There was a lot of information in the walls but only in Portuguese. Nobody explains you anything about it, so we just took... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2015

This was a prison until 1974, when Cape Verde declared its independence from Portugal. Earlier it was used for Portuguese prisoners against the dictatorship in Portugal and later for fighters from the colonies against the Portuguese control. It is well maintained and has a lot of information about the history of the place, although I think, but am not sure,... More 

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Lisbon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015

A place for those who care for Portuguese History before the 25 April Revolution. It should be a well taken cared museam but it's only a place of (bad) memories. A personal special place for me. You can reach it by taking one of the local transportation Hilux at Tarrafal; or you can walk (if you like!)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

Campo do Taraffal gives you an impressive insight on the way Portugal under the rule of Salazar was handling persons with a different political view The building speak for itself but it would be nice if the Portuguese texts were translated in English.

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rotterdam
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2015

Very impressive, very pure. Iinteresting exhibition, but unfortunatly only in Portugues. But everything is original and gives you a clear message about what dictators did to silence their political enemies

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