Feel the weight of iron shackles at La Maison des Esclaves, part of a World Heritage Site and a memorial to Atlantic slave trade that once took place on Goree Island. Pass through the "Door of No Return," through which slaves boarded slaver ships that took them to overseas plantations halfway around the world. Built in 1776 with two curved staircases, the pink two-story house features a number of exhibits and tables describing the dishonorable trade that separated generations of families. You can examine shackles, whips, flintlocks, and other equipment used for enslavement, and see a statue of a freed slave holding broken shackles--a symbol of his liberation. Make La Maison des Esclaves part of your personalized Dakar itinerary using our Dakar road trip website .
La Maison des Esclaves Reviews
La Maison des Esclaves is a shocking memorial of the horrors of slavery. From Goree Island 8 million slaves were sold over a period of 312 years. This is one of the few slave houses still open to the ... more »
Surtout ne pas rater, visite à faire, pour le recueillement indispensable en pensant à tous ces gens qui ont souffert et on connu la mort dans des conditions impensables... more »Especially do not miss, visit to do, for the indispensable recollection in thinking of all those people who suffered and we experienced death in unthinkable conditions...
Goree and the House of Slaves has been on my list of places to visit for years. Everything from the boat ride to the island to walking inside of the holding chambers was a very touching experience. Many of the chambers were well preserved which made the experience worthwhile. It was important for me to have my children to have the experience as well.
I came to Senegal not knowing any history so visiting this historical site was eye opening to say the least. A must visit when in Dakar. The tour/talk while short was good.
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