Porte du non retour, Ouidah

See the gate of no return of Africa's transatlantic slavery at Porte du non retour, an arched monument on a beach where slaves were marched onto boats taking them overseas to the Western world. Inaugurated in 1995, the monument serves as a solemn reminder of Benin's 200-year involvement in the slave trade, and marks the place of a slave auction shared by the Portuguese, French, and British. See the statue of a kneeling enslaved man, his hands tied to his back, and the tree of forgetfulness memorial. Arrange your visit to Porte du non retour and discover more family-friendly attractions in Ouidah using our Ouidah road trip planning website .
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  • Unlike 'gate of no return' or 'door of no return' which is a feature of every slave fort or castle as the poor souls who were taken through them would not be coming back to their homeland. this instea...  more »
  • This has to be one of the most moving experiences in the world. A place where so many lives were destroyed by our, so called religious, forefathers in pursuit of obscene profits at the expense of so m...  more »
  • Today, like every 10 January, in some cities of Benin Vodun is celebrated with some festivals in major cities, such as Ouidah. I was privileged to be present at the festival, which lasts all day and includes a parade of characters who come from different regions of the country (and abroad) dressed in traditional costume details. The festival takes place in the large open space of the sea where is the door of no return. Hundreds of people will attend, not just tourists, some finding place on plastic chairs provided by the ordinary citizen under tents set up for the occasion; but the more they walk to the square to attend the various ceremonies vudu. The monument is very simple and the festival brings out the meaning and historical significance. Those parading during the festival going through it. The door rests on a pedestal and you have to climb a few stairs to reach it. The door is beautiful the view over the ocean.
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  • The history speaks for itself. A trip of a lifetime. Guided by Explore Ghana Tours my group AAT and I had a phenomenal experience at this site and received a wealth of information from the charasmatic guides.
  • Awesome place to visit in benin
  • Another historic point for tourism to enjoy and learn things about slavery
  • It's a must to visit! A great emotion.
  • Very historic for me. If you ever visit Benin, please go and see it. Remember to take a tour guide and an interpreter.

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