GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Porto-Novo is a port on an inlet of the Gulf of Guinea, in the southeastern portion of Benin. It was founded by the Portuguese in the 16th century, and the center still retains much of that influence.

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Porto Novo, the de facto capital of Benin, is a small village compared to Cotonou (the real economic center of the country), but has a lot to offer: voodoo temples, royal palaces and many Portuguese colonial buildings which will probably collapse in the next few years.

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Fabio's LifeTour - Benin (2013 May) - Porto Novo - City center - 1525 cover

CITY CENTER

Porto-Novo is a port city and the capital of Benin, known for colonial buildings like the Brazilian-style Great Mosque, formerly a church. The Ethnographic Museum displays ceremonial masks, musical instruments and costumes. The Musée da Silva recounts Benin’s history and celebrates Afro-Brazilian culture. Just east, the Honmé Museum was King Toffa’s 19th-century royal palace.

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EGLISE DE PORTO NOVO

L'Eglise de Porto Novo is a Catholic Church in Benin, whose headquarters are in Porto-Novo in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

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PALACE HOTEL

Palace Hotel

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ROYAL PALACE MUSEE HONME

The Royal Palace, also known as King Toffa's Palace and more recently Musée Honmé, is a former royal residence and now museum in Porto-Novo. Most items displayed are related to the King Toffa period.

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VOODOO TEMPLES

The numerous voodoo temples can only be viewed from outside as it is forbidden to enter the buildings (except for selected worshipers).

CITY CENTER

Fabio's LifeTour - Benin (2013 May) - Porto Novo - City center - 1525 cover

Porto-Novo is a port city and the capital of Benin, known for colonial buildings like the Brazilian-style Great Mosque, formerly a church. The Ethnographic Museum displays ceremonial masks, musical instruments and costumes. The Musée da Silva recounts Benin’s history and celebrates Afro-Brazilian culture. Just east, the Honmé Museum was King Toffa’s 19th-century royal palace.

EGLISE DE PORTO NOVO

Fabio's LifeTour - Benin (2013 May) - Porto Novo - Eglise de Porto Novo - 1511 cover

L'Eglise de Porto Novo is a Catholic Church in Benin, whose headquarters are in Porto-Novo in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

PALACE HOTEL

Fabio's LifeTour - Benin (2013 May) - Porto Novo - Palace Hotel - 1538 cover

Palace Hotel

ROYAL PALACE MUSEE HONME

Fabio's LifeTour - Benin (2013 May) - Porto Novo - Royal Palace Musee Honme - 1530 cover

The Royal Palace, also known as King Toffa's Palace and more recently Musée Honmé, is a former royal residence and now museum in Porto-Novo. Most items displayed are related to the King Toffa period.

VOODOO TEMPLES

Fabio's LifeTour - Benin (2013 May) - Porto Novo - Voodoo temples - 1522 cover

The numerous voodoo temples can only be viewed from outside as it is forbidden to enter the buildings (except for selected worshipers).

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