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A sad but necessary reminder of the history of Cabo Verde

The pretty central square of Cidade Velha is a harsh reminder of the slave trade that passed... read more

Reviewed May 28, 2018
Tallinn, Estonia

We visited this during a visit to ciudade velha. A chilling reminder of how slaves were treated... read more

Reviewed March 16, 2017
alex w
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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Hauptplatz, Cidade Velha, Santiago 7629, Cape Verde
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Reviewed June 23, 2018

Make sure you have a guide to explain the extraordinary, and very sad, history. This is the place were slaves were abused.

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Reviewed May 28, 2018

The pretty central square of Cidade Velha is a harsh reminder of the slave trade that passed through the islands for so long and the fact that for these people the ocean, just metres away, was a route to hardship and suffering. The history of...More

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Reviewed March 16, 2017 via mobile

We visited this during a visit to ciudade velha. A chilling reminder of how slaves were treated. Well preserved as well. Mind the taxi drivers around who can be a hassle.

Thank alex w
Reviewed January 31, 2017 via mobile

Although it is in the middle of town, you can easily pass it by if you do not know the history or meaning of it.

Thank Toon S
Reviewed January 5, 2017

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...More

Thank saronic
Reviewed December 8, 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...More

Thank 217fanny
Reviewed July 12, 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...More

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Reviewed June 13, 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.

Thank antoonsix
Reviewed March 11, 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.

Thank Andrew C
Reviewed November 14, 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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