Ruines du Bagne
These long-abandoned ruins, once part of a 19th-century convict prison, can be found just north of Kuto Bay, in the area known as Ouro, around 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) from where the cruise ships dock. The large brick-and-stone complex consists of several buildings and former cells that are these days overgrown with vegetation. The nearby water tower, renovated in 2005, was constructed by the prisoners themselves, and there’s a cemetery further on containing the graves of around 300 inmates.
By Paul Sullivan, AFAR Local Expert
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