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Meet The 10 Historical Prisons In Africa And Around The Globe

Regularly, a jail is not a place you’d need to visit, and unquestionably not a vacation spot. In any case, some memorable detainment facilities around the globe have turned out to be renowned points of interest and are even viewed as an absolute necessary attractions. Here’s a rundown of ten notable and Infamous prisons which are interested in people in general


1. Alcatraz Island, California – The little island of Alcatraz in front of San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf was the site of the primary beacon in the Western United States. It turned into a jail in 1934 and stayed dynamic till 1963. The greatest security jail was home to famous detainees like Al Capone. 36 detainees attempted to get away from the rough island throughout the years, the majority of which were caught, shot and murdered, or suffocated. 5 of these men were never observed again and are believed to have suffocated, however their bodies were never recovered, and some do trust that these men effectively got away from the rock. Today you can take a visit to the island and visit the scandalous jail itself.

Historic Prisons From Around The World: Alcatraz, San Francisco, California


2. Tower of London, England – The Tower of London is a notable stronghold on the north bank of the River Thames. The manor alongside the neighboring Tower Bridge are among the most visited  landmarks in London and even in the whole world. The Tower of London filled in as a jail from 1100 till 1952, and was the most vital imperial jail in the nation amid medieval circumstances. The previous jail is currently an UNESCO world legacy site, and is regularly said as the most spooky working in England, frequented by the phantoms of past detainees

Historic Prisons From Around The World: Tower of London, England


3. Chateau d’If, France – Chateau d’If was originally a fortress which became a prison in the mid 17th century. It is located on a small island about a mile offshore from Marseille. Much like Alcatraz, its isolation on an island made it ideal for escape-proof prison, and during the years several thousands political and religious prisoners were sent to the notorious jail. The place is most famous for being one of the settings of Alexandre Dumas’ novel The Count of Monte Cristo. Today Chateau d’If is open to the public and can be reached by a boat from Marseille

4. Kilmainham Gaol, Ireland – Kilmainham Jail was worked in 1796 and was utilized as a jail until 1924. The jail had no isolation between the detainees so men, ladies and youngsters were imprisoned together and up to 5 in cell. Numerous Irish progressives, including the pioneers of the 1916 Easter Rising, were detained and executed in the jail by the British, and the place stays a national significance. Today, the infamous jail in Dublin is a gallery for Irish history, and is thought to be one of Dublin’s best exhibition halls. It is additionally the biggest abandoned detainment facilities in Europe

Historic Prisons From Around The World: Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin, Ireland

Historic Prisons From Around The World: Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin, Ireland (source: wiki)



5. Robben Island, South Africa – Robben Island is a little island of the shores of Cape Town. The island filled in as a jail during South Africa’s politically racial segregation. It was in this jail the previous leader of South Africa Nelson Mandela was detained for a long time (out of an aggregate of 27 years he was detained). The island is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and aside from the noteworthy significance, it is likewise a vital rearing region for a vast African Penguin province

Historic Prisons From Around The World: Robben Island, South Africa


6. Devil’s Island, French Guiana – Devil’s Island, or the correctional settlement of Cayenne was a jail that worked from 1852, when the French domain was governed by Napoleon Bonaparte till 1953. The jail was utilized by the French for outcast of political detainees. The most celebrated detainee was Captain Alfred Dreyfus. Escape from the island was viewed as incomprehensible as it was encompassed by piranha-plagued streams and the thick wildernesses of the South American nation

Historic Prisons From Around The World: Devil's Island, French Guiana


7. Port Arthur, Australia – Located on the Tasman Peninsula, Port Arthur served as a convict colony for the British Empire starting from 1833. Port Arthur Penitentiary was eventually abandoned in 1877, and today it is one of Australia’s most significant heritage areas and an open-air museum, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Historic Prisons From Around The World: Port Arthur Penitentiary, Australia


8. Hanoi Hilton, Vietnam – The Hoa Loa prison in Hanoi was built by France at the end of the 19th century to hold Vietnamese prisoners of political nature. Later, during the Vietnam war, the North Vietnamese Army used the prison to house American POWs, which sarcastically named the prison Hanoi Hilton. Incarcerated in the Hanoi Hilton included torture, starvation, and murder.

Historic Prisons From Around The World: Hanoi Hilton, Vietnam

9. Elmina Castle, Ghana – Elmina Castle was built by the Portuguese in 1482 as a trade settlement, but it later became an important stop on the Atlantic slave trade route, meaning it was a prison for slaves waiting to be sold. The Dutch took over Elmina Castle in 1637 but continued to use it for the same purposes.

Historic Prisons From Around The World: Elmina Castle, Ghana


10. House of Slaves, Goree Island, Senegal – The House of Slaves (or Maison des Esclaves) was used until 1848 to hold African slaves before they were shipped away from Africa. The prison is located on Goree Island, off the shores of Dakar, Senegal. Today the House of Slaves is a well known museum


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