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Konzentrationslager Colonia Penal de Tarrafal

Chao Bom, Tarrafal, Santiago 7110, Cape Verde
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Well worth a visit

We visited this place during a week long stay in Tarrafal. Grim and haunting - this is where... read more

Reviewed 16 March 2017
alex w
Lancaster, United Kingdom
via mobile
Interesting experience

There isn't a great deal to see, but if you read the information ( which does have English... read more

Reviewed 17 January 2017
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Chao Bom, Tarrafal, Santiago 7110, Cape Verde
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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

We visited this place during a week long stay in Tarrafal. Grim and haunting - this is where portugal locked away dissidents during colonial times. Not terribly well curated or presented but still worth visiting when you are in the area.

Thank alex w
Reviewed 17 January 2017

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'.

Thank UKbadiabranca
Reviewed 7 January 2017

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.

Thank roseglobe
Reviewed 30 December 2016

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...More

1  Thank saronic
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.

Thank MarcoCVerde
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

Thank Mirjam L
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...More

Thank Inuitlo
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...More

1  Thank Ana V
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...More

Thank MJRLisbon
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.

Thank Wouter R
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