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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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  • September 6, 2017
    The magnificent statue of the pope created by a local artist in 2007. A sight not to be missed and the hill top offers a great view of the city and the ocean. Looking at the pope bring mighty reverenc...  more »
  • July 12, 2017
    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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  • July 1, 2017
    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 »

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