Robben Island

This is the small island just a few kms from the mainland of Cape Town, South Africa where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years of his 27 year imprisonment. Aside from its notoriety as a prison, it has also been a leper colony, a lunatic asylum and a military base. It is now a UNESCO heritage site and a museum.
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Robben Island-where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years of his 27 years in prison for fighting apartheid.

Robben Island-where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years of his 27 years in prison for fighting apartheid.

Robben Island. Prison that held Nelson Mandela for 18 years.  Cape Town, South Africa.

Robben Island. Prison that held Nelson Mandela for 18 years. Cape Town, South Africa.

Prisoner 46664 Nelson Mandela revisiting his prison cell on Robben Island. The number 46664 is derived from being prisoner number 466 in the year 1964.

Prisoner 46664 Nelson Mandela revisiting his prison cell on Robben Island. The number 46664 is derived from being prisoner number 466 in the year 1964.

A view difficult to beat - here an old wartime photograph of the spread of Arum Lilies on Robben Island

A view difficult to beat - here an old wartime photograph of the spread of Arum Lilies on Robben Island

View of Nelson Mandela's cell - 4th from the left - from the courtyard.

View of Nelson Mandela's cell - 4th from the left - from the courtyard.

The limestone quarry when prisoners worked. The cave to the right was the only shelter from the sun, was also used as a toilet and for secret meetings during the working day.

The limestone quarry when prisoners worked. The cave to the right was the only shelter from the sun, was also used as a toilet and for secret meetings during the working day.

The island is dotted with remnants from when it was used as a military base during World War 2.

The island is dotted with remnants from when it was used as a military base during World War 2.

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