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Benin. Author RGrilo. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution
Benin. Author RGrilo

Benin tourist attractions: what to see in Benin

Benin is an interesting country for the traveler thanks to the many ethnic groups that inhabit the country and who have preserved their peculiarities and their tribal traditions. There are traditions and animist cults and curious traditions that hark back to fetishism. The country is also known for the picturesque ruins of the kingdom of Abomey. But there are also valuable natural scenery such as Atakora mountains with forests, waterfalls and lakes.

UNESCO has inscribed 1 Benin site in the World Heritage List: the Royal Palaces of Abomey (1985, 2007).

The Royal Palace of Abomey is the residence of the kings of the kingdom of Abomey, a place where lived, between 1625 and 1900, the kings who have succeeded in the government of the Kingdom of Abomey. Each king built a residence in a common area surrounded by a wall, this was done by all the kings with the exception of King Akaba, who built his palace in a separate area. The royal palaces of Abomey are a unique and well preserved construction of this disappeared kingdom.

Parc National de la Pendjari, Benin. Author Marc Auer (Pépé Ciseaux). Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

Parc National de la Pendjari, Benin. Author Marc Auer (Pépé Ciseaux)

Interesting for a visit are also the Musée Historique d’Abomey, the Grand Marché du Danktokpa, the Portuguese Fort Sao Joao Baptista de Ajuda in Ouidah with its museum and the Parc National de Pendjari, a wildlife park situated 45 km north of Natitingou, near the border with Burkina Faso, it presents lions, leopards, baboons, elephants and hippos.

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