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Cemetery of Santa Cruz

Dili's Motael Church, Dili, East Timor
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Dili's Motael Church, Dili, East Timor

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes its a graveyard and its very small and crowded but worth a visit to understand what happened in 1999 and how the young people would have been trapped in the cemetery. It is also important to know the history of the events leading up...More

Thank Annemarie D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A good place to hear tragic stories of the struggle for independence forTimor Leste. A poignant place but also it shows the culture of Catholic Timor Leste

Thank DavidMooreArchitect
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Badly organised cemetery that compells visitors to step on and squeezed between the tombs and headstones. There are not many places in dili to get a glimpse of the country's history and this is one.

Thank sydneyloner
Reviewed 27 May 2017

We did not find the grave of Sebastiao Gomes but probably would have done if we knew what it looked like (see Wikipedia). The cemetery is very crowded and hard to walk through. Nevertheless it is very important to see the site of the massacre...More

Thank Diana k
Reviewed 21 May 2017

the graves are quite beautiful. the amount of attention that they receive is inspirational. Minibuses go passed it.

Thank thisiscrazy12
Reviewed 30 April 2017

this sight opens your eyes to culture of mixed faith and beliefs. It is colorful and takes you on a journey of sadness and respect

Thank Alan K
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Its very moving to visit the cemetery, particularly with our JDN tour guide, Alberto, as he could tell as the story of the cemetery. It is the site of a big massacre that happened during Indonesian Occupation. Highly recommend the microlet tour

Thank Lyndall K
Reviewed 22 April 2017

This cemetery really tells a story as the tombs of various cultures are there, the tombs of people of various wealth are there and most poignantly the graves of variously aged people are there, many very very young children. It was fascinating to walk through...More

5  Thank paug178
Reviewed 17 April 2017

It is an amazing place, but to understand exactly what it means to the Timorese please watch the video of the indonesian massacre at Santa Cruz which was the final trigger for independence

Thank Simon K
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Fascinating look at at Dili's history. Some of the gravestones depict the method of death during the Indonesian occupation. This is also scene of the Dili massacre which occurred in the 1990's. There is no stipulated dress code but respect dictates long pants and shirt...More

Thank SeaVoyage59
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