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Cemetery of Santa Cruz

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Address: Dili's Motael Church, Dili, East Timor
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Important historical site

You must first go to the Resistance Museum to see the story and view actual footage smuggled out of East Timor of the massacre of defenceless students in the cemetery, then visit... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 December 2016
Bob Q

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

You must first go to the Resistance Museum to see the story and view actual footage smuggled out of East Timor of the massacre of defenceless students in the cemetery, then visit the cemetery itself. Not only that, but there is a whole expression of the country in the cemetery, from the mausoleums of families to the tiny, sad side-by-side... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

This place represents sad story of Timor-leste especially with Indonesia. it is better to study little bit about independence of Timor-leste from Indonesia.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

it is not for too sensitive people. The story is very sad, but worth learning more, so it would never happen again. Why it's happened because lack of awareness and some tolerance by US and Australia. So the site is a must, get yourself a good guide to explain and learn more

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Close to Largo de Lecidere and also the portuguese school.Opposite it is the Indonesian cemetery. Its in a residential area.People were actually wondering what I was doing in a cemetery... Actually better to take a guide to see the salient features otherwise you could be wandering around aimlessly, well its not too big anyway.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

It is worth going to this cemetry when put into perspective regarding the history of the Indonesian occupation. Sebastio Gomes's grave is towards the rear of the cemetry and I would recommend you go with a guide who can show you where it is and then interpret the quotes on the memorial. The memorial has been fire damaged. This would... More 

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Darwin, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

Did not get out of the car but the tour driver told the group the story of this sad cemetery. Very difficult time for these people

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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

There is no doubt that this place has a huge rush of feelings, part of the contemporary histori of East Timor, must see and feel the fear of a war crime, the massacre of Santa Cruz Happened there.

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

Nothing really to see here and never seen any information on the massacre so research before going.Can be walked to from the centre of Dili in 15 minutes.

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Inverell, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016

Another location to visit and pay your respects when visiting Dili. Its worth reading up on Santa Cruz before visiting.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2016

This is a site of very strong historic significance due to the terrible events that took place here. However, there is not much to do as a tourist. You can see it, but that's it. It is really not a tourist attraction. There were families visiting grave sites wondering why we were there. I also think it is disrespectful to... More 

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