was the center and the old capital of the great kingdom of Dahomey. The kingdom of Dahomey, has left it’s indelibly mark in history.
was founded around 1645 and the mission entrusted to King Houegbadja was to make the kingdom the largest ever.
The accomplishment of this task by each valiant reigning Kings who have generated many sites is what now constitutes the bulk of the heritage of the people of Abomey.
Its main attraction includes the Royal palace of Fon and the National Museum of Abomey which is certified by UNESCO as a
World Heritage Site.
The royal palaces of Abomey are a unique reminder of the powerful kingdom of Abomey, where the monarchs ruled Dahomey from 1625 to 1900. Most buildings whose construction began in 1645, were destroyed by fire in 1892.
However, they still remain beautiful and spectacular.
Tourism areas in the city include:
The Goho place:
The large park at the entrance of Abomey is called the “Goho Place”. Here you have the statue of King Behanzin, who fought against the French to defend Dahomey. This statue at the entrance of Abomey is a tribute to the efforts he deployed to protect the kingdom. This was the meeting place between the King Behanzin and a French General Mr. Dobbs in 1894.
National Museum of Abomey:
The museum preserves elements on the voodoo and traditional, housing skulls and other Portuguese objects.
Created in 1945, the museum covers an area of 44acres and is housed in the palaces of kings and Gezo Glèlè.
The Museum of Abomey is built up of walls of impressive height for the time and age.
Embedded in the walls and columns are various artifacts, most are moulded with earth mixed with palm oil and coloured with
vegetable dyes or Mineral.
The construction of the palatial space shows the original architectural design generally related to specific conditions in the reign of each king. The Museum is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1985. It depicts the craftsmen, descendants of the Kings who portrays all kinds of art in sculpture, painting, weaving, wooden figurine, copper, brass on the ground, recounting the exploits of the Kings and the whole history of Royals.
These are underground shelters that served as a refuge for citizens of the Kingdom (Danxomènu) during the wars. But in
peacetime, they are sources of water on its outside Plateau. Built in the 16th century and about 10 meters underground in DAKO DONOU. It is well arranged in the light of specific plans to provide housing (room, bedroom, kitchen room, well etc. and is used mainly as a refuge for warriors.
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