Slave Market

Lagos is home to what is thought to be the first slave market in Europe. The first African slaves entered post-medieval Europe through this small building that dates back to 1444, although most of the building dates to 1691 and was built by request of the 2nd Marquis of Niza and D. Francisco Luis da Gama, who built the Guards Mess over the place where the slaves used to be sold.

The ground floor is currently occupied by an art gallery and the upper floor, (constituted by a single room) features the coat of arms of the Marquis of Nisa engraved on the façade.

Lagos Slave Market

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Visitor access: Monday to Saturday, from 10AM to 6PM

Price of admittance:

  • Normal tariff: 1,50 EUR;
  • 12 – 18 years old and 65+; Students and Tourist Groups: 0,75 EUR;
  • 1 – 12 years; School groups and Residents: Free admittance.

Closes every Sunday. Also closed on: January 1st; April 25th, May 1st; December 1st, 24th and 25th.

Free admittance: April, 18th; May 18th; September 27th; October 27th and on European Heritage Day.