Outstanding Universal Value

Valongo Wharf Archaeological Site

UNESCO World Heritage

UNESCO World Heritage

Valongo Wharf is the most important physical evidence associated with the historic arrival of enslaved Africans on the American continent. It is a site of conscience, which illustrates strong and tangible associations to one of the most terrible crimes of humanity, the enslavement of hundreds of thousands of people creating the largest forced migration movement in history. As the very location the African stepped onto American soil and with it into their new lives as enslaved labour, the site evokes painful memories, which many African Brazilians can strongly relate to. Preserving these memories, the vicinity of Valongo Wharf has become an arena for various manifestations celebrating African heritage on an ongoing basis.


  • Title: Outstanding Universal Value
  • Creator: Valongo Wharf Archaeological Site
  • Rights: CC Halley Pacheco de Oliveira
  • Location: Brazil
  • Inscription Criteria: Criteria: (vi)
  • Date of Inscription: 2017
  • Category of Site: Cultural site

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