Porto Novo

Porto Novo

Porto Novo is the official capital of Benin. It is also known as Hogbonou and Adjacé.
The commune covers an area of 110 square kilometers and as of 2002 had a population of 223,552 people. The name Porto Novo is given by the Portugese and means new port. Actually it was meant for a harbor for the trade in slaves.
Things to see in Porto Novo:
  • Museum Honmé or the Royal Palace of King Toffa. A palace where you can see how the African royalty lived in the 19th century.

 

Museum Honmé
Museum Honmé
  • Musee da Silva. The Afro-Brazilian influence can be seen in this museum. A traditional house with old furniture and photos and more to see.
Musee da Silva
Musee da Silva

Jardin Place Jean Bayol a place with a statue of the last Benin King of Porto Novo.

Statue of King Toffa
Statue of King Toffa
  • The palace of the Governor.
  • Ethnographic Museum gives a view into the past of the Kings of Porto Novo. Fetishes, masks, costumes and musical instruments can be seen.
  • Songhai Centre lots of things can be seen here about improves of agriculture, waste management and more. A shop with several products produced on natural base.

    Plastic recycling at Songhai Centre
    Plastic recycling at Songhai Centre
  • A mosque transformed from a 19th century Brazilian style church. A unique and colorful building.
  • Adjarra Market can be found 10 kilometers north of Porto Novo. A special market held every fourth day. Clothes, tie-dyed fabrics, pottery, music instruments, fruits, voodoo ornaments and much more can be found here.
  • The Zangbeto Temple is the largest Voodoo temple in Benin. It is dedicated to Zangbeto the night watchman, one of the most popular and powerful Voodoo gods. Women and the ones who are not dedicated to Zangbeto are not allowed in the temple.

    The Zangbeto Temple
    The Zangbeto Temple

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