Robben Island

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Robben Island was used at various times between the 17th and 20th centuries as a prison, a hospital for socially unacceptable groups and a military base. Its buildings, particularly those of the late 20th century such as the maximum security prison for political prisoners, witness the triumph of democracy and freedom over oppression and racism.

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The buildings of Robben Island bear eloquent testimony to its sombre history. Robben Island and its prison buildings symbolize the triumph of the human spirit, of freedom, and of democracy over oppression. Year of Inscription: 1999 Add world heritage to your travel plans – plan to visit Robben Island! Sign up on GoUNESCO to get travel advice, tips, partners and help with traveling to Robben Island.

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Robben Island was used at various times between the 17th and 20th centuries as a prison, a hospital for socially unacceptable groups and a military base. Its buildings, particularly those of the late 20th century such as the maximum security prison for political prisoners, witness the triumph of democracy...

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  • •New Year´s Day – 1 January •Epiphany Eve – 6th January •Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday – March/April •Walpurgus Night – April 30 •Labour Day – 1st May Swedish National Day – 6th June •Whit Monday, Midsummer´s Eve – June •All Saint’s Eve – October/November •Christmas Eve and Christmas Day - December 24 – 25 •New Year´s Eve – December 31
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  • No holidays other then the winters when the sea cannot be traveled
  • Nigel Molesworth
  • Harriet M Welsch
  • Oskar Schell
  • Elinor Dashwood

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  • Island shop at the entrance has a lot of nice gift items, Mandela's cell - Anuoluwapo Olopade
  • Don't miss the ferry or you'll never get there :) - Gary Arndt

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