In honor of Nelson Mandela and what would have been his 100th birthday here are some pictures from the tour of Robben Island that I took while in Cape Town. Robben Island was a prison until the 90s and it is where he served a large portion of his time behind bars (18 of the 27 years he was imprisoned). The first photo is a classic tourist pic of myself and two of my favourite people Scott and Bridget with Cape Town and Table Mountain framed in the background, the second the same except without the frame.
The third is of the islands lime quarry where the prisoners were forced to work in unbearable conditions. In the center of the quarry you can see a pile of rocks, this is where several years after their release, all the political prisoners held in prisons around South Africa returned to Robben Island to remember. Nelson Mandela placed the first rock of this pile after delivering a speech at the quarry. All the other former political prisoners followed suit.
The fourth is a shot of the outside of the maximum security facility where he was held.
The fifth is the courtyard inside the maximum security facility where inmates were able to get some sun. In the background of this shot is the garden where he spent lots of his time when he was outside and covertly stashed his manuscript so the guards would not find it.
And finally the sixth and seventh are photos of his actual cell.
The tour was very informative and it was very interesting to get a glimpse into some of the political history of South Africa. 10/10 would recommend if you're ever in Cape Town and are interested in history.
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