Abomey

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Abomey is a town and former capital of Benin.

Get in[edit]

Nearby Bohicon has a rail link with the capital Cotonou and Parakou in the north, there are three departures in each direction every week. Tickets from Cotonou costs CFA 1100 in second class and CFA 1400 in first.

Bush taxis from Bohicon costs CFA 300, and CFA 2000 for the three hour ride from Cotonou. Cheaper but slower public buses are also available.

Get around[edit]

One of the Royal Palaces.

Zemi-johns are a popular, cheap and efficient way to get around. They are simply a scooter-like taxi popular in the country.

See[edit]

The Royal Palaces of Abomey are a group of earthen structures built by the Fon people of the Dahomey Kingdom between the mid-17th and late 19th Centuries. One of the most famous and historically significant traditional sites in West Africa, the Palaces are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Each king had a new palace built for himself. They are filled with larger numbers of bas-reliefs and artwork that display everyday life, including war, sacrifices and torture methods. The palaces are:

  • Akaba Royal Palace
  • Gbehanzin Royal Palace
  • Palace of King Glele
  • Palace of King Agaja
  • Palace of King Tegbessu
  • Palace of King Agoli-Agbo
  • Palace of King Ghezo
  • Palace of King Angoglo
  • Palace of King Kpengla

It is also worth visiting the nearby museum:

  •    Musée Historique d'Abomey (Historical Museum),  2150 0314. M-F: 8:30am-6pm, Sa-Su: 8:30am-5pm. Houses a number of artefacts and relics from the area. Some of the banners show torture and war tactics of the former Kingdom. The throne of Ghezo is exhibited, which was built on top of human skulls. Admission includes a guided tour, which takes about an hour. CFA 2500.

Do[edit]

A royal palace.

Buy[edit]

  • The Musée Historique d'Abomey sells souvenirs, including banners and bronze figurines.
  • Chez YemadjeRue du Palais Royal 9540 6697. 7am-7pm. Owned and maintained by the family that once embroidered for the previous kings. Sells various craft work.

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Sleep[edit]

There are a few motels in town, but none are of particularly good quality.

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