GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Ouidah is a city on the coast of the Republic of Benin, known for its role in the 17th- to 19th-century Atlantic slave trade. The Slave Route, a track down which slaves were taken to the ships, is lined with monuments. The Ouidah Museum of History, based in an 18th-century Portuguese fort, chronicles the city’s slave-trading past.

FABIO'S REVIEW

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Ouidah is one of the most interesting places in Benin. The slave trade monuments, the crumbling colonial buildings, the voodoo temples, the snakes! Also, a voodoo festival is organized once a year – usually in January (I visited in May and missed it).

I wouldn't live in Ouidah as the infrastructure is not sufficient, but would almost rate the place as a ""must-see"" for its historical and cultural value.

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Fabio's LifeTour - Benin (2013 May) - Ouidah - City - 1434 cover

CITY CENTER

Ouidah is a city that lies on the Atlantic coast of Benin. Tourist attractions in Ouidah include a restored mansion of Brazilian slavers, the Maison du Brésil art gallery, a voodoo python temple, an early twentieth-century basilica and the Sacred Forest of Kpasse, dotted with bronze statues.

Fabio's LifeTour - Benin (2013 May) - Ouidah - Porte du Non Retour - 1455 cover

PORTE DU NON RETOUR

La Porte du Non-Retour (The Door of No Return) was inaugurated in 1995. This monument, a memorial arch on the waterfront, is the symbol of the departure of captive slaves leaving for the Western world.

Fabio's LifeTour - Benin (2013 May) - Ouidah - Temple des Pythons - 1442 cover

TEMPLE DES PYTHONS (VOODOO TEMPLE)

The Temple of Pythons is a voodoo temple facing the Ouidah’s basilica. It contains a small room of twelve square meters that houses adult royal pythons.

CITY CENTER

Fabio's LifeTour - Benin (2013 May) - Ouidah - City - 1434 cover

Ouidah is a city that lies on the Atlantic coast of Benin. Tourist attractions in Ouidah include a restored mansion of Brazilian slavers, the Maison du Brésil art gallery, a voodoo python temple, an early twentieth-century basilica and the Sacred Forest of Kpasse, dotted with bronze statues.

PORTE DU NON RETOUR

Fabio's LifeTour - Benin (2013 May) - Ouidah - Porte du Non Retour - 1455 cover

La Porte du Non-Retour (The Door of No Return) was inaugurated in 1995. This monument, a memorial arch on the waterfront, is the symbol of the departure of captive slaves leaving for the Western world.

TEMPLE DES PYTHONS (VOODOO TEMPLE)

Fabio's LifeTour - Benin (2013 May) - Ouidah - Temple des Pythons - 1442 cover

The Temple of Pythons is a voodoo temple facing the Ouidah’s basilica. It contains a small room of twelve square meters that houses adult royal pythons.

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