Robben Island Google Street View

Google has launched a Street View Maps gallery and virtual tour of Robben Island ahead of the anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections, which happened on 27 April 1994.

Now known as Freedom Day, Google South Africa’s country director Luke McKend said the date has become a symbol of hope in SA and around the world.

“To commemorate this historic day, we’ve partnered with the Robben Island Museum and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory to bring the story of this UNESCO World Heritage Site online for the world to explore,” said McKend.

The Maps gallery and Cultural Institute tour allow people to see the island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, and listen to prisoners’ anecdotes about life in the prison.

You can see personal items donated by former political prisoners, including a football trophy from their FIFA-recognized league, hand-drawn table tennis awards, a trumpet, and a duplicate master key fashioned by a prisoner from lead.

“We hope you’ll take a moment to step back in time to explore and be inspired by the island’s story of hope and humanity.”

Nelson Mandela's cell on Robben Island
Nelson Mandela’s cell on Robben Island

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