March 11, 2009
Seagull on Robben Island – Flickr pic of the day
Aysha says, “This is my favourite shot of those I took in Cape Town. I love the seagull with the South African flag behind it.”
Robben Island has a turbulent history. From the 17th to the 20th century it was variously a prison, a hospital and a military base. It is most famous for being a political prison during the era of apartheid, or racial segregation.
Many of South Africa’s most prominent freedom fighters spent time on Robben Island. Its most famous prisoner was Nelson Mandela, who spent 18 years on the island out of the 27 years he was imprisoned. It was here that Mandela and his fellow prisoners were subjected to hard labour.
The island is one of South Africa’s most visited tourist attractions. For more information on the tours available, please see our Robben Island page.
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Image © Aysha Abdulla aka Aysha Photos 2009