Cannons on Goree Island
Cannons on Gorée Island (Ben Sumner) (Ben Sumner)

Gorée Island is best known for its role as the center of the West African slave trade. One of the most frequently visited sites on the island is the Slave House. Built by the Dutch in 1776, the slave house has been preserved in its original state. Other points of interest include the church, the ruins of Fort Nassau, Saint Michel (the castle), and the Historical Museum in the old Fort Estrees. There is a small swimming beach near the ferry slip. The island became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.

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Travel Review of Gorée Island

Away Travel Editor: Ben Sumner
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  • Gorée is connected to the mainland by a pedestrian-only ferry that runs at regular 30-minute intervals.
  • Be sure to see the Door of No Return in the island's Slave House, a memorial to the Atlantic Slave Trade. Bring a guide to explain the area's historical signficance.


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