Porte du non retour, Ouidah

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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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  • All the road to the center of Ouidah to the door of no return is very steeped in history. The slaves walked from downtown to the ocean square knowing that they were going to die or leave their continent forever anyway! Sad part of our history!
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  • Very strong symbol, this door represents the passage of slaves leaving Ouidah (Fort Judah) to the Americas. Even if the building is not particularly beautiful, take the time to follow the route of the slaves from the historical center of Ouidah. Along the way are statues-symbols of the Kings of old Dahomey. At the end of the track (passable by car) door opens the view on the beach. Amazing and indispensable for understanding the history of the place. For more info before or after your trip I recommend a great comics, including the volumes 3 and 4 take place in Benin and talking about the issue of slavery. It's a historical comic whose information are safe. It's "Passengers of the wind" François Bourgeon
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  • I had a chilling feeling when I was told the story behind this historic center. This is the point where slaves where shipped to sea.  more »
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  • Very picturesque. But be prepared to pay to take pictures at the site. There's also a charge for the tour. The souvenir stalls around are also pricey. But a lovely place for pictures nonetheless and the beach behind it is great.
  • 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
  • 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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