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Address: Hauptplatz, Cidade Velha, Santiago 7629, Cape Verde

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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.

Reviewed 16 March 2017
alex w
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 March 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.

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 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.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 357 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 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 the last time, early 18th century, by a French corsair, who left almost nothing standing.... More 

Thank saronic
Porto, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 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 next to it.

Thank 217fanny
New York City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 558 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 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 a coffee with a scenic view or lunch. It is a bit odd that this... More 

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Wervik, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 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
Witney, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 268 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 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
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Reviewed 14 November 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

Thank Inuitlo
Carrollton, Georgia
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Reviewed 7 October 2015

History can't be written to say otherwise. Sitting across front the Roman Catholic Church is set the Pelourinho, and in the top of it, there is the simble of the Church of Roma... Sad, that they "baptize" the africans and still sold them to slavery for the Americas... In those days, the only time a black person came inside of... More 

Thank TheNunesFamily
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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239 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 284 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2015

The monument itself is important in that it is about 500 years old and has a great deal of significance to the slave trade that once ruled this small country. Also, I very much liked the small town square, which was bustling with locals and some tourists. Here you'll find a nice sea-side cafe/restaurant, a very recently refurbished guest house,... More 

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