The Abolition of Slavery Memorial Museum

Atlantic Loire Valley

Nantes was France's largest slave port and along the riverside lies this memorial museum. Unique in France, the memorial pays homage to all those who have fought and are still fighting against slavery in all its forms throughout the world.

Walk along the riverside where 2,000 plaques commemorate the voyages of slave ships from Nantes as well as the major trading posts in Africa and America and follow the commemorative trail lined with quotations in all 47 languages of those countries associated with the slave trade.

The trail continues underground into an area designed to mimic the holds of the ships, which was designed by the internationally renowned artist Krzystof Wodiczko and the architect Julian Bonder. It is a and moving and worthwhile experience.

Places to visit nearby

Nantes, in Atlantic Loire Valley, is a beautiful city that was once the long-held historical capital of Brittany and is today a vibrant hub for the creative arts.

La Baule in Atlantic Loire Valley is a fantastic, stylish seaside resort famed for its beach - an expanse of fine sand nearly 9km long that is regarded as one of the best beaches in Europe.

Angers in Atlantic Loire Valley is an artistic city on the banks of the River Maine, that is steeped in medieval history and full of beautiful gardens and parks.

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