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La Porte Du Non Retour, Ouidah

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See the gate of no return of Africa's transatlantic slavery at La Porte Du Non Retour, an arched monument on a beach where slaves were marched onto boats taking them overseas to the Western world. Inaugurated in 1995, the monument serves as a solemn reminder of Benin's 200-year involvement in the slave trade, and marks the place of a slave auction shared by the Portuguese, French, and British. See the statue of a kneeling enslaved man, his hands tied to his back, and the tree of forgetfulness memorial. Arrange your visit to La Porte Du Non Retour and discover more family-friendly attractions in Ouidah using our Ouidah road trip planning website.
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  • We were told that the local authorities are developing the site and will include a model of a slave ship which will demonstrate how people were packed in for the trip across the Atlantic. While we... 
    We were told that the local authorities are developing the site and will include a model of a slave ship which will demonstrate how people were packed in for the trip across the Atlantic. While we...  more »
  • Located a 4km or so walk from Ouidah, this is worth the trip out. The monument is striking both in size and as a structure of remembrance for everyone who was forced to leave these shores. There... 
    Located a 4km or so walk from Ouidah, this is worth the trip out. The monument is striking both in size and as a structure of remembrance for everyone who was forced to leave these shores. There...  more »
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  • Sobering experience with knowledgable guides who are readily available as you enter the site. The beach and waves help provide an unnatural calm while you contemplate the weight of this landmark. Nearby market is interesting and prices are reasonable as well. Take some time to support local business here.
  • Very historic site, that portrays the story of brutal slavery that would move you to tears!!! (thank God it's a thing of the past) it has Wi-Fi and just opposite a very lovely Jamaican Bar, you don't want to miss trying. Their food is clean and sweet especially the fish!!! Plus you could always camp and have barbecue and games there.

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