Travelling by road to Liquiça you will pass some interesting sites and landmarks. After you leave Dili you will pass a monument on your left where Timor Leste celebrated its first Independence celebration. Also on the left is the church on the hill with the giant statue of Pope John Paul II.

You will also pass the Aipelo Prison ruins. These ruins have been are presented as an open air museum with information about the history and personal stories of suffering in several languages including English.

Prison 1

Aipelo Prison

You will pass stalls selling local fruit and vegetables and the markets where clothes, plastic ware, and other useful articles can be purchased.

Markets

Local market

Liquiça History and Culture


Liquiça was a main centre when Timor Leste was under Portuguese rule. There are many architectural administrative buildings left. Most of these are in a dilapidated state but still show the grandeur of their day. After the Portuguese left in 1975, Timor Leste was occupied by the Indonesians. In 1999, after a referendum sponsored by the United Nations, the Timorese people chose independence from Indonesia. Violence erupted soon after resulting in destruction of most of the country’s infrastructure and many deaths. Liquiça was hit particularly hard as it was close to the base of the Militia. At one time the people of Liquiça gathered in the church to hide from the Militia but they were discovered and massacred. This church is still in use today.

Aministrators House

Administrator's Portuguese-style house

The people of Liquiça are mostly catholic and religion plays an important part in their daily lives. There is, however, still some belief in animism and tribal medicine.

Liquisa church

 Catholic Church in Liquiça

Like many towns in Timor Leste, Liquiça has a mostly young population and high unemployment. The people are friendly and laid back.

Most Timorese do not speak English. There are many languages in Timor and most Timorese speak at least three, the most used foreign language is Bahasa Indonesia. Portuguese and Tetum are the official languages. Liquiça has its own language called Tocodede.