Robben Island Museum

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Robben Island Museum

Telephone
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Fax
Website
www.robben-island.org.za
Address
Raymond Road
Cape Town, Western Cape, 7400
South Africa

Nelson Mandela Gateway

Telephone
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Fax
Fax +27 (0)21 419 1057
Email Address
Website
www.robben-island.org.za

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About:

Robben Island is known the world over as a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment.
For nearly 400 years colonial and apartheid rulers banished those they regarded as political troublemakers, social outcasts and the unwanted of society to this rocky, 575-hectare outcrop in Table Bay.

The Island's unwilling inhabitants included slaves, political and religious leaders who opposed Dutch colonialism in East Asia, Khoikhoi and other African leaders who resisted British expansion in South Africa, leprosy sufferers, the sick, the mentally disturbed, French Vichy prisoners of war and most recently, political opponents of the apartheid regime in South Africa and Namibia.

During the apartheid years Robben Island became internationally known for its institutional brutality. Some freedom fighters spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for their beliefs. Yet people such as Nelson Mandela emerged from here to lead South Africa to democracy with a message of tolerance, reconciliation and hope that moved the world.

Those imprisoned on the Island succeeded on a psychological and political level in turning a prison "hell-hole" into a symbol of freedom and personal liberation. Robben Island came to symbolise, not only for South Africa and the African continent, but also for the entire world, the triumph of the human spirit over enormous hardship and adversity.

In doing so it has offered a world still troubled by division, social injustice and intolerance, hope for the future.

Join us on a pilgrimage to this World Heritage Site.