La Porte Du Non Retour, Ouidah

Must see · Historic Site · Tourist Spot
See the gate of no return of Africa's transatlantic slavery at La Porte Du Non Retour, an arched monument on a beach where slaves were marched onto boats taking them overseas to the Western world. Inaugurated in 1995, the monument serves as a solemn reminder of Benin's 200-year involvement in the slave trade, and marks the place of a slave auction shared by the Portuguese, French, and British. See the statue of a kneeling enslaved man, his hands tied to his back, and the tree of forgetfulness memorial. Arrange your visit to La Porte Du Non Retour and discover more family-friendly attractions in Ouidah using our Ouidah road trip planning website.
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  • Located a 4km or so walk from Ouidah, this is worth the trip out. The monument is striking both in size and as a structure of remembrance for everyone who was forced to leave these shores. There...  more »
  • This is a very artistic and meaningful monument to a dreadful period of history. The choice of the location on the beach is also very suggestive  more »
  • If there’s no return how are you all here to write a review
  • It marks the point where slaves were taken off the shores of Africa

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