The busload of tourists on Robben Island grew quiet as Yasien Mohamed, our 63-year-old guide, gestured to a bleak limestone quarry on the side of the road.

Robben Island is known for being the place former South African president Nelson Mandela was jailed for 18 of his 27 years and the Bluestone Quarry Wall, situated at the island, was made by prisoners using waste from the stone quarry. The island was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1999, as the prison buildings and surroundings symbolize ...

Robben Island was later known to the liberation struggle veterans as "Mandela University." Between their laboring in the quarry, prisoners gave one another lessons. The current South African ...

Lime Quarry in Robben Island is the place where Nelson Mandela e other political prisoners work during many year in the Robben Island Jail

The Robben Island Limestone Quarry is one of the earliest features of human occupation on the island. It dates back to the mid-17th century. The quarry supplied the dressed stone for the foundations of the Castle of Good Hope in …

The Lime Quarry in Robben Island is one form of manual labour for the prisoners who were under the maximum prison sentence during the apartheid era. The likes of Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu were among those who to date were affected by the dust from the limestone which caused lung diseases and eye problems among the former prisoners.

Robben Island, South Africa – The Everywhereist. That's the case with Robben Island. I know that awful things happened there. The relics remain: the narrow cell where Nelson Mandela spent the better part of two decades, the limestone quarry where he and other prisoners slowly went half blind as they worked in the searing sun.

Today the quarry is referred to as the Mandela quarry. There is a small cave which was cut by prison labourers at the quarry. For more information about the quarry, visitors can contact the Robben Island Museum Office. (Sept-13).

Robben Island was known as the University because of what we learned from each other. We became our own faculty, with our own professors, our own curriculum, our own courses…Teaching conditions were not ideal. Study groups would work together in the quarry and station themselves in a circle around the leader of the seminar.

How Mandela?s legacy started in a quarry. In a barren lime quarry on an island about 12 kilometres off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, a group of political prisoners built a makeshift ?university? in the 1960s spearheaded by Mandela. The institution became known as the "Robben Island University".

The lime stone quarry on Robben Island. The Robben Island tour begins with a ferry ride that departs from Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront from 9 AM, 11 AM and 1 PM daily, dependant on the weather. On average, the ferry ride to Robben Island takes approximately 30 minutes, and the entire tour lasts about three and a half hours.

Rock Pile at the Lime Quarry on Robben Island - Several years after their release, all the political prisoners held in prisons around South Africa returned to Robben island to remember. Nelson Mandela placed the first rock of this pile after delivering a speech at the quarry. All the other former political prisoners followed suit.

Political prisoners were forced into rigorous labor of digging in the limestone quarry. Work that they were told would take 8 months lasted for 13.5 years ca...

Political prisoners were resilient despite mistreatment under apartheid by Stephanie Ebbs In the limestone quarry on Robben Island there is a pile of stones. The stones were placed a memorial placed by former prisoners during a reunion in 1995. The quarry is overgrown now, seen mostly by tourists on a bus tour of the island. Past…

Robben Island was where the criminals and political prisoners (e.g., Nelson Mandela) were kept. It was really interesting to see that Robben Island used to be a place where people would not wish to be at, but now people from all over the world visits Robben Island to learn about its history. The picture below is the Limestone Quarry.

Limestone Quarry at Robben Island Robben Island was where the criminals and political prisoners (e.g., Nelson Mandela) were kept. It was really interesting to see that Robben Island used to be a place where people would not wish to be at, but now people from all over the world visits Robben Island to learn about its history.

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