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Cemetery of Santa Cruz

Dili's Motael Church, Dili, East Timor
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Dili's Motael Church, Dili, East Timor

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Reviewed 12 November 2017

Visit the cemetery with a local guide to explain the history and find the places to visit. This is a very crowded cemetery and is now closed for burials.

Thank dihack
Reviewed 12 November 2017

This graveyard has a lot history. From the recent troubles were a lot things started until the portguese time. There are som really graves and to wander or better climb around over the graves is an intresting experience

Thank zimof1
Reviewed 25 July 2017

This is a cemetery, so respect is important ( attire, noise,photo taking etc) . It would be of benefit to know how Santa Cruz cemetery fits into the Timorese history prior to going. Some of the gravestones are very old. Many children and babies' graves...More

Thank Tom M
Reviewed 14 July 2017

Yes its a graveyard and its very small and crowded but worth a visit to understand what happened in 1999 and how the young people would have been trapped in the cemetery. It is also important to know the history of the events leading up...More

Thank Annemarie D
Reviewed 8 July 2017

A good place to hear tragic stories of the struggle for independence forTimor Leste. A poignant place but also it shows the culture of Catholic Timor Leste

Thank DavidMooreArchitect
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

Badly organised cemetery that compells visitors to step on and squeezed between the tombs and headstones. There are not many places in dili to get a glimpse of the country's history and this is one.

Thank sydneyloner
Reviewed 26 May 2017

We did not find the grave of Sebastiao Gomes but probably would have done if we knew what it looked like (see Wikipedia). The cemetery is very crowded and hard to walk through. Nevertheless it is very important to see the site of the massacre...More

Thank Diana k
Reviewed 21 May 2017

the graves are quite beautiful. the amount of attention that they receive is inspirational. Minibuses go passed it.

Thank thisiscrazy12
Reviewed 30 April 2017

this sight opens your eyes to culture of mixed faith and beliefs. It is colorful and takes you on a journey of sadness and respect

Thank Alan K
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Its very moving to visit the cemetery, particularly with our JDN tour guide, Alberto, as he could tell as the story of the cemetery. It is the site of a big massacre that happened during Indonesian Occupation. Highly recommend the microlet tour

1  Thank Lyndall K
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