Santa Cruz Cemetery
Mostly used for football matches.
Set in the buildings and cells of a Portuguese-era prison where hundreds of resistance figures were interned by the Indonesian military,...
Palácio do Governo
The grand, white Palácio do Governo (Government House) dominates the centre of town.
Point at the pre-prepared dishes or order off the small menu for a quick and tasty Indo-Chinese meal. Next to the Plaza Hotel.
Rua de Santa Cruz · interesting places nearby
Santa Cruz Cemetery information
On 12 November 1991, Indonesian soldiers fired on a peaceful memorial procession to this cemetery. Exact figures aren’t known, but it’s estimated that more than 250 civilians (mostly students) died, many of them after they were rounded up and trucked away by the military. British journalist Max Stahl filmed the bloody attack; his footage was beamed around the world in the documentary In Cold Blood, cited as a turning point in the nation's independence struggle.
Nearly every inch of the cemetery is occupied by elaborate, pasted-hued gravestones.