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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. Plan your visit to Tasitolu and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Dili trip itinerary builder.
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  • Not as high as the statue of Christ, but overlooks the city from a different perspective. The place itself is pleasant, often play the wedding.
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  • The people of Timor-Leste are very proud that the pope had visited their country and are proud of this statue. I couldn't quite see the likeness of JP2 but I got the importance. The view is very nice.  more »
  • with the most amazing scenery around it are increasingly making religious atmosphere here and the more interesting of all living arrangement and treatment nuances of religious tourism here very much a...  more »

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