Photographer's Note

This is surely a very famous pov of one of the most difficult buildings to photograph in Gorée. When I was there, there were groups of tourists visiting it and there are usually several photographers in the same place where I was, taking photos of tourists to sell them:)! I just got a few seconds to take a couple of photos, then it got overcrowded again.
This building is also one of the most famous in the Island - it's the House of Slaves. In this yard, surrounding the stairs, we have the little rooms where slaves were kept, separated according to their sex, age and weight. In front, leading to the sea, we have the famous Door of No Return.
This small Island with no cars is today a World Heritage and a symbol of the slave trade. First ruled by the Portuguese and then by the Dutch, English and French, this was a point of departure for many African slaves from 15th to 19th centuries. This House of Slaves with its Door of No Return is one of the most important attractions in the Island. Here, we can still see the places where slaves were kept and the door they passed to reach the ship and start the long voyage to never return again (for this reason the door was called Door of No Return).
In spite of its sad history, Gorée is a very beautiful Island with colourful houses. Besides the impressive places where slaves were kept, we can also see many nice houses built for the slave traders, churches...

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