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Cemetery of Santa Cruz

Dili's Motael Church, Dili, East Timor
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Dili's Motael Church, Dili, East Timor
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The cemetery is a must visit whilst in Dili. Our Timorese guide quickly took us to the grave of Sebastion Gomez who was shot by Indonesian militia and told us of the tragic tale of over 200 mainly young Timorese who were also shot by...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Every Timorese is eager to tell about the history of their country, massacre from Indonesia and very special time that has set up a scar in each family. The cemetery is really worth visiting to understand the history and culture of this beautiful country, as...More

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Reviewed April 6, 2018

Such a credit to the Timorese people, to keep devoted faith in the place of a devastating and heartbreaking event.

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Reviewed February 4, 2018

Santa Cruz cemetery presents the ornately beautiful graves that the Timorese are famous for. In that sense, one could easily spend an hour or more examining the graveyard. But there's also an over-riding sense of sadness (and also outrage) that this was the scene of...More

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Reviewed January 31, 2018

Over 230 young people were massacred by Indonesian Militia near here, those that were left injured were taken to the hospital where the Indonesians murdered those as well. Reviewing the names and ages of those buried here made my skin crawl, such a senseless waste.

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Reviewed January 14, 2018

"If you want to know how people live, visit the place where they bury their dead." This is so true. Our guide from Timor Adventures brought us here, and it is very impressive to see the ornate graves. Very, very Portuguese.

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Reviewed January 5, 2018

This place does not have a lot of signs or things for tourists but it is heart and soul of Dili. Real people are buried here. People who lost their lives, but most important you appreciate the site for its significance to the Santa Cruz...More

Thank Sarah C
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Reviewed January 3, 2018

Good place for a stroll when it is not too hot (no shade). Also visit nearby Indonesian cemetry for a complete different style

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Reviewed November 12, 2017

Visit the cemetery with a local guide to explain the history and find the places to visit. This is a very crowded cemetery and is now closed for burials.

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Reviewed November 12, 2017

This graveyard has a lot history. From the recent troubles were a lot things started until the portguese time. There are som really graves and to wander or better climb around over the graves is an intresting experience

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