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Address: Hauptplatz, Cidade Velha, Santiago, Cape Verde

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Come to commemoratre human cruelty and hope for progress

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 July 2016
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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 the last time, early 18th century, by a French corsair, who left almost nothing standing.... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 next to it.

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New York City
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 a coffee with a scenic view or lunch. It is a bit odd that this... More 

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Wervik, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Witney, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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valencia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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

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Carrollton, Georgia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015

History can't be written to say otherwise. Sitting across front the Roman Catholic Church is set the Pelourinho, and in the top of it, there is the simble of the Church of Roma... Sad, that they "baptize" the africans and still sold them to slavery for the Americas... In those days, the only time a black person came inside of... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2015

The monument itself is important in that it is about 500 years old and has a great deal of significance to the slave trade that once ruled this small country. Also, I very much liked the small town square, which was bustling with locals and some tourists. Here you'll find a nice sea-side cafe/restaurant, a very recently refurbished guest house,... More 

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Campagnola Emilia, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2015

If you travel to Cape Verde, don't forget to visit Santiago Island and Cidade Velha. Here is the most historic and relevant place in Cape Verde, great to know a bit more about this fantastic country (nothing to share with european resorts in Sal and Boa Vista).

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2015

The Pelourinho is, after all, only a pillar, but what a pillar it is. It is representative of the horrors of slavery that these islands went through for centuries, and standing as it does in the central square, it is a pognant reminder of the past.

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