Santa Cruz Cemetery
This must-see exhibition is housed in a prison where countless human rights violations occurred and hundreds of resistance figures were...
Palacio de Govierno
The Palacio de Govierno dominates the centre of town.
This museum commemorates the 24-year struggle against the Indonesians. The story of Falintil’s resistance is brought to life with a...
You’ll find tasty and fresh Indonesian and Chinese fare at good prices. It is located next to the Plaza Hotel.
Santa Cruz Cemetery information
Lonely Planet review
On 12 November 1991, Indonesian soldiers fired on a peaceful memorial procession at the Santa Cruz Cemetery. Although exact figures aren’t known, it’s estimated by experts that at least 280 civilians died, many of them after they were rounded up and trucked away by the military. British journalist Max Stahl filmed the bloody attack, and his footage features in the documentary In Cold Blood . The massacre at the Santa Cruz Cemetery is cited as a turning point in the independence struggle.