Top 10 Famous Prisons In The World

This old prison in Ghana, called Elmina Castle, was built in 1492. It’s the oldest European building below the Sahara desert. For over 300 years, it held people who were forced into slavery.

Elmina Castle

in Cambodia is a place of horror. It used to be a school but turned into a prison in 1975. The Khmer Rouge made prisoners confess by hurting them.

Genocide Museum Tuol Sleng

in Australia was where they sent the worst criminals from 1833 to the 1850s. It’s like a colony for prisoners.

Tasmania Port Arthur

Off the coast of South Africa, there’s an island called Robben Island. People used it for many things, like a leper colony.

Robben Island

The Hoa Loa Prison in Vietnam was sarcastically called “Hanoi Hilton” by American soldiers. Originally, the French built it for their political prisoners. Later, during the Vietnam War, it held war prisoners.

Hanoi Hilton

Senegal’s Goree Island was a stop for thousands of slaves before they were taken to the New World. The Maison des Esclaves, or House of Slaves, was where they kept slaves before sending them away.

Goree Island

This French castle was a prison from 1634 to the late 1800s. It’s famous because of a book called “The Count of Monte Cristo.” The rich and important prisoners got better treatment, but they had to pay.

Chateau d’If

Devil’s Island started in 1852 as a prison in French Guiana. Political prisoners and serious criminals were sent there for 94 years. The island’s jungle and dangerous waters made it hard to escape.

Devil’s Island

The Tower of London was a prison from 1100 to the middle of the 1900s. It’s famous for holding people like Anne Boleyn and King Henry VI.

The Tower of London

is the most famous prison in the U.S. It’s on an island near San Francisco. Criminals like Al Capone lived there. Because of the cold water around the island, people thought it was impossible to escape.

Alcatraz Alcatraz