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Address: Dili's Motael Church, Dili, East Timor
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Very moving.

This cemetery really tells a story as the tombs of various cultures are there, the tombs of people of various wealth are there and most poignantly the graves of variously aged... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brisbane, Australia

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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

Thank Lyndall K
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This cemetery really tells a story as the tombs of various cultures are there, the tombs of people of various wealth are there and most poignantly the graves of variously aged people are there, many very very young children. It was fascinating to walk through here and reflect and while we were there a few local family groups came to... More 

Thank paug178
Dili District, East Timor
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is an amazing place, but to understand exactly what it means to the Timorese please watch the video of the indonesian massacre at Santa Cruz which was the final trigger for independence

Thank Simon K
Incheon, South Korea
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fascinating look at at Dili's history. Some of the gravestones depict the method of death during the Indonesian occupation. This is also scene of the Dili massacre which occurred in the 1990's. There is no stipulated dress code but respect dictates long pants and shirt and shoes with ladies wearing either longer dresses and and minimum top size being a... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Try to visit with someone who can tell you the story of the massacre on 12 November 1991 and take you to the grave of Sebastiao Gomes who's killing led to the protests on that day. His grave is at the back of the cemetery and is revered by Timorese people. Also worth crossing the road and visiting the Indonesian... More 

Thank bryanr0ss
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A Little far off. However, there is the historic significance (massacre by indonesian Military in the fight for Independence) and the cemetary Looks quite different. Every Inch seems to be occuoied by tombs. Offers an interesting perspective on death culture in Timor Leste.

Thank 30degreesminimum
Bathurst, Australia
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

A moving experience where hundreds of East Timorese were executed by the Indonesians whilst they were part of a funeral procession. Visit the grave of the young man whose funeral was being celebrated.

Thank Glenda27
Bundaberg, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

we hired a local taxi, and went up there, it is very sad what happened there,.We meat some great people from Darwin, who served in East Timor, so we understand it maybe a little better.

Thank happyBundaberg
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32 reviews
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Reviewed 23 December 2016

You must first go to the Resistance Museum to see the story and view actual footage smuggled out of East Timor of the massacre of defenceless students in the cemetery, then visit the cemetery itself. Not only that, but there is a whole expression of the country in the cemetery, from the mausoleums of families to the tiny, sad side-by-side... More 

Thank Bob Q
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Reviewed 20 November 2016

This place represents sad story of Timor-leste especially with Indonesia. it is better to study little bit about independence of Timor-leste from Indonesia.

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