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Tasitolu, Dili

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A protected area of wetlands including three saline lakes surrounded by hills, an esplanade, and a beach, Tasitolu lies 8 km (5.0 mi) from the capital. An important bird area, it shelters both native and migratory birds--including some threatened species. Go for a dive here (but note that the site is easy to miss) and view some bizarre sea creatures--spiny tiger and tozeuma shrimp, rhinopia, or seahorses. The main landmark, a statue of Pope John Paul II (sharing the hill with a chapel), reminds of his visit in 1989, the darkest hour of East Timor's struggle for independence (eventually declared here in 2002). In 2006 the area, still torn by conflict, became a base for UN forces. Make Tasitolu part of your personalized Dili itinerary using our Dili vacation builder tool .
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  • # A Sua Santidade, O Papa Joao Paulo II Sign a symbol of reverence for the visit of Pope John II, East Timor made a magnificent statue of replikanya in the city of Dili, which is surrounded by a garden, is located on a hill in the Lake, a place of tolu tosi tasi, as well as with View west coast of dili. The statue of Christ, or kristo rei, there is a beautiful beach in the East of the city. Pope John Paul II, visited East Timor on October 12, 1989, when it was still part of East timor, Indonesia. To commemorate the coming of this, in 2007, the Government of Timor-Leste made a replica of the statue of Pope John Paul II at the Tosi Tolu statue and this location, functioning as a place of pilgrimage, it is also utilized as a place for sports, residents gathered in the afternoon, holiday, so the tourist attractions. The beauty of the beach and the Lake of Dili
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  • If you are on a tour and going past, then drop in and have a look. But do not go out of your way to visit this stature. Saying this the stature does have significant meaning to the Timor-Leste people.  more »
  • THis lifelike statue of he pope is remarkable well made. it's looks really life like. The views from the hill are good but do arrange transportation. It's alo intresting to visit the nearby lake and v...  more »

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