Royal Palaces of Abomey, Abomey

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Listed as a World Heritage Site, Royal Palaces of Abomey represents the remains of a once powerful military and commercial empire that collaborated with Europeans in the slave trade until the late 19th century. Twelve kings ruled this kingdom, which could accommodate up to 8,000 people in its opulent palaces. Enter the compound through one of six gates, and explore the many restored and renovated structures within its mud walls, including the main palace, tomb, and jewelry room. Inside the onsite history museum, you can inspect over 1,000 exhibits representing the kingdom's culture, and also purchase souvenirs. Using our international travel planner, Abomey attractions like Royal Palaces of Abomey can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The Museum opens at 9: 00 and his visit is conditioned by the presence of an official guide on the spot; except that she arrived at about 9:30. The place is not very well maintained despite the admission of 2500CFA. Photos are not allowed. There are a few historical items, but nothing transcendent / unique / rare. The guide spoke softly and made me want to sleep; However what is told about the time of the Kings remains interesting.
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  • Interesting site that focuses on the once great Dahomey empire. These are the palaces of King Ghézo and King Glélé that has been turned into a museum. The palaces showcase interesting bas reliefs, art...  more »
  • Located right in the heart of Abomey this is a great place to learn about the Benin Kingdom - a part of history completely neglected in my UK schooling. There are some very interesting artefacts and y...  more »
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