The last place African slaves saw before being shipped across the Atlantic will shake you to your marrow.

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House of Slaves, Gorée Island

An intense experience indeed.

Requiring a boat ride from the port to the nearby island of Gorée, the Maison des Esclaves is a visit that for some is on a par in intensity with visiting a Nazi concentration camp. In this compound you'll find the building that once was the processing centre for slaves being shipped to the Americas through the "door of no return." Today it's marked by a statue at the entrance of a couple slaves breaking their chains. Inside, exhibits document the their horrific treatment and living conditions - backed up by the grimness of the surrounding cells and environs. Of all the places you can visit to learn about Senegal's history, this is without question the hardest hitting.

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