GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Abomey was the capital of the Kingdom of Dahomey from the 17th to 19th centuries, and is home to 12 royal palaces from that period (now mostly in ruins).

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Abomey is a bit far from the southern coast (where most tourist attractions are), but worth a visit due to the Royal palaces of the Dahomey Kingdom. The trip itself from Cotonou in the shared “bush-taxis” is an adventure in itself (grin).

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ABOMEY CITY

Abomey is a city in southern Benin, which houses the Royal Palaces of the Kingdom of Dahomey. The surviving palaces of Ghézo and Glélé form the Historical Museum of Abomey, which features bas-reliefs on the palace walls and a throne mounted on human skulls. A nearby artisan center sells traditional crafts and textiles.

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BOHICON SUBTERRANEAN VILLAGE

Bohicon is a city in Benin, and a conurbation of Abomey lying 9 kilometres east of the city on the railway line from Cotonou to Parakou and on Benin's main highway RNIE 2. It is the crossroads of international trade in the center of Benin.

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ROYAL PALACE

The Abomey Royal Palace complex consists of 12 palaces spread over a 40 hectares (99 acres) area in the heart of Abomey, and a collection of small traditional houses that were inhabited by the Kings of Dahomey. The King's palace includes a two-story building known as the ""cowrie house"" or akuehue.

ABOMEY CITY

Fabios-LifeTour-Benin-2013-May-Abomey-Abomey-City-1576-cover

Abomey is a city in southern Benin, which houses the Royal Palaces of the Kingdom of Dahomey. The surviving palaces of Ghézo and Glélé form the Historical Museum of Abomey, which features bas-reliefs on the palace walls and a throne mounted on human skulls. A nearby artisan center sells traditional crafts and textiles.

BOHICON SUBTERRANEAN VILLAGE

Abomey-city-thumb

Bohicon is a city in Benin, and a conurbation of Abomey lying 9 kilometres east of the city on the railway line from Cotonou to Parakou and on Benin's main highway RNIE 2. It is the crossroads of international trade in the center of Benin.

ROYAL PALACE

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The Abomey Royal Palace complex consists of 12 palaces spread over a 40 hectares (99 acres) area in the heart of Abomey, and a collection of small traditional houses that were inhabited by the Kings of Dahomey. The King's palace includes a two-story building known as the ""cowrie house"" or akuehue.

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