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Robben Island

island in Table Bay, South Africa
Robben Island Village

Robben Island is an island near Cape Town in South Africa. It was a high-security prison where Nelson Mandela was held captive for 18 years. He and the other political prisoners were forced to work at the limestone quarries on the island. They were not allowed to talk or do anything but work.

Robben Island is both a South African National Heritage Site as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[1]

List of former prisoners held at Robben IslandEdit

Former prison cells on Robben Island
Rock pile started by Nelson Mandela and added to—one rock at a time—by former prisoners returning to the island
The Muslim Moturu Kramat shrine on Robben Island


  1. "Robben Island". UNESCO. Retrieved 22 November 2016.

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