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Memorial de l'Abolition de l'Esclavage

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Very interesting and informative memorial

Well designed memorial and very informative. Shocking to see just how many people were traded as... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2017
Left me speechless

Nantes is not proud of 100% of its history but it certainly isn't ignorant of it. The plaques and... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2017
James w
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Reviewed 12 January 2018

The Memorial has been built alongside the river and underneath its surface to give the impression that you are in in the boats, at the same level than where the slaves were kept. To have access to the Memorial, you have to walk upon an...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank shantalashanty
Reviewed 22 December 2017

A challenge for a city whose past is steeped in slavery. The "parcours" has all the names of past ships which were involved n the shameful trade, but it goes beyond guilt, involving you to think, ship by ship, of all thee people transported, their...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 19 November 2017

Nantes gained most of its wealth in the 1700s from the slave trade . It was very reluctant to give up this lucrative source of income and many slave ships still sailed out of Nantes - it was one of the last places in France...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 14 November 2017

Excellent presentation to the memory of slavery, the history and effect and then the abolition. Slave trade is important part of the history of the WORLD and Nantes and this memorial is both moving informative poignant and brilliantly designed - one of those places you...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

Nantes was prominent in the slave trade through much of the nineteenth century. This memorial, well designed and thoughtful, commemorates the end of the slave trade.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Mary Ann M
Reviewed 23 October 2017

You can easily take in a visit to this monument on your way to Les Machines de L'ile. The tram stops close by for both venues. To access the memorial you go down the steps by the river (there is also a lift) and this...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Paul H
Reviewed 22 September 2017

We have been really impressed and touched by the strength which holds and enfolds this memorial of slavery, this place of memory. Inside you really feel the breathing, the suffering and the despair of thousands people chained in the sailing-ship, you shudder as you were...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Gianni B
Reviewed 8 September 2017

Well designed memorial and very informative. Shocking to see just how many people were traded as commercial goods. Interesting audio commentary and also plaques of individual's experiences and thoughts. Worth visiting if only to make you think how fortunate the majority of people are today.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 28 August 2017

Nantes is not proud of 100% of its history but it certainly isn't ignorant of it. The plaques and signs which detail the slave trade's involvement in Nantes makes the past almost tangible. There are plaques with the names of each slave ship which docked...More

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank James w
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

Sobering memorial to the 12.5 million people who were captured, sold, owned and mistreated during a four hundred year period. Nantes was a port very active in the trade of human beings. The memorial is appropriately placed below ground to capture the sense of being...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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