Attractions in Benin

Attractions in Benin

The Royal Palaces of Abomey
The Royal Palaces of Abomey consist of 12 former palaces within the same enclosure in the center of Abomey. The site is a testimony to one of the most powerful kingdoms in Africa, Dahomey. It was built by the Fon people between 1625 and 1900. This site provides a sense of the scale and nature of some West African Kingdoms prior to colonial rule.

Cotonou Cathedral
This is a Roman Catholic cathedral, located near the Ancient Pont Bridge in Cotonou, Benin established in 1883 as the Apostolic Prefecture of Dahomey from the Apostolic Vicariate of Benin Coast, Nigeria. After several names changes under Dahomey, on 14 September 1955 it was promoted as the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cotonou.

The Porto Novo Museum
The Porto Novo Museum of Ethnography contains a large collection of Yoruba masks, as well as items on the history of the city and of Benin established in 1957.

Musée en Plein Air de Parakou
Musée en Plein Air de Parakou is a museum located approximately 1.5 kilometres south of the centre of the city Parakou, Benin in the suburbs. The museum consists of five circular complexes representing the traditional housing of the local Batanou peoples.

King Toffa’s Palace
King Toffa’s Palace (also known as the Musée Honmé and the Royal Palace), now a museum shows what life was like for African royalty.

Jardin Place Jean Bayol
Jardin Place Jean Bayol is a large plaza which contains a statue of the first King of Porto-Novo.

The da Silva Museum
The da Silva Museum is a museum of Benin history.

The palais de Gouverneur
The palais de Gouverneur (governor’s palace) is the home of the national legislature.

The W Regional Park
The W Regional Park is a major national park located in Karimama, Benin West Africa around a meander in the River Niger shaped like a “W”. The park includes areas of the three countries Niger, Benin and Burkina Faso, and is governed by the three governments. The W Park is also known for historic occurrence of packs of the endangered Painted Hunting Dog and over 350 species of birds.

The Pendjari National Park
The Pendjari National Park lies in Tanguiéta in north western Benin, adjoining the Arli National Park in Burkina Faso covering an area of 2,755 km².

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