Dili attractions

Top Choice Museum in Dili

Chega! Exhibition

Set in the buildings and cells of a Portuguese-era prison where resistance figures were interned by the Indonesian military, Chega! (chega means 'stop' or 'no more' in Portuguese) houses the results of the Commissio…
Top Choice Museum in Dili

Resistance Museum

An excellent museum, established in 2005, which commemorates Timor-Leste's 24-year struggle against the Indonesian occupation. Falintil’s resistance is brought to life with a timeline, photos, video recordings and e…
Cemetery in Dili

Santa Cruz Cemetery

On 12 November 1991 Indonesian soldiers fired on a peaceful memorial procession for Sebastião Gomes from Motael Church to Santa Cruz Cemetery; Gomes was an independence supporter who was shot by Indonesian police. M…
Area in Dili

Dili Waterfront

Watch kids kicking soccer balls around on the patches of sandy beach, and runners sweating it out while you're strolling the decent walking path that runs along the waterfront. The grand Palácio do Governo (Governme…
Monument in Dili

Santa Cruz Massacre Memorial Monument

It lacks an inscription or an official name, but the monument's location opposite Motael Church offers a clue: independence supporter Sebastião Gomes was shot by Indonesian forces near here on 28 October 1991. Built…
Church in Dili

Motael Church

This church, the oldest Catholic church in Timor-Leste, was one of the most important places in the story of the fight for Timorese independence. Sebastião Gomes was shot dead here in 1991 by the Indonesian military…
Statue in Dili

Cristo Rei

The hard-to-miss Cristo Rei, 7km east of town, has 570 steps leading to the statue of Jesus, a gift from the Indonesian government in 1996. It's a popular morning and evening exercise spot, with mountain and water v…
Memorial in Dili

Dare Memorial Museum

There are two great things about Dare (pronounced da-ray) Memorial Museum, but you'll have to ask for them. First, ask for a cup of Timorese coffee, then to watch the excellent video documenting Timor-Leste's involv…
Landmark in Dili

Palácio do Governo

The grand, white Palácio do Governo (Government House) dominates the centre of town. The grounds occasionally play host to events, but they're usually just a fancy car park for karetta estadu (government cars). Avoi…
Lighthouse in Dili

Farol Lighthouse

The photogenic Farol Lighthouse beams northwest of Dili's seaport.