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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 2 weeks ago

Santa Cruz cemetery presents the ornately beautiful graves that the Timorese are famous for. In that sense, one could easily spend an hour or more examining the graveyard. But there's also an over-riding sense of sadness (and also outrage) that this was the scene of...More

Thank tmuller25
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Over 230 young people were massacred by Indonesian Militia near here, those that were left injured were taken to the hospital where the Indonesians murdered those as well. Reviewing the names and ages of those buried here made my skin crawl, such a senseless waste.

Thank Peter L
Reviewed 15 January 2018

"If you want to know how people live, visit the place where they bury their dead." This is so true. Our guide from Timor Adventures brought us here, and it is very impressive to see the ornate graves. Very, very Portuguese.

Thank Professional-Pilgrim
Reviewed 6 January 2018

This place does not have a lot of signs or things for tourists but it is heart and soul of Dili. Real people are buried here. People who lost their lives, but most important you appreciate the site for its significance to the Santa Cruz...More

Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 3 January 2018

Good place for a stroll when it is not too hot (no shade). Also visit nearby Indonesian cemetry for a complete different style

Thank Henkk58
Reviewed 13 November 2017

Visit the cemetery with a local guide to explain the history and find the places to visit. This is a very crowded cemetery and is now closed for burials.

Thank dihack
Reviewed 12 November 2017

This graveyard has a lot history. From the recent troubles were a lot things started until the portguese time. There are som really graves and to wander or better climb around over the graves is an intresting experience

Thank zimof1
Reviewed 26 July 2017

This is a cemetery, so respect is important ( attire, noise,photo taking etc) . It would be of benefit to know how Santa Cruz cemetery fits into the Timorese history prior to going. Some of the gravestones are very old. Many children and babies' graves...More

Thank Tom M
Reviewed 14 July 2017

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 8 July 2017

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
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