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Royal Palaces of Abomey

Abomey, Abomey, Benin
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Awesome souvenir shop

I went a week ago and it was odd that they randomly decided to close the palace visit 1hr early. I... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2017
Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
via mobile
decent visit

The palaces are probably the highlight of Abomey but are not amazing. Yes it is an interesting... read more

Reviewed 16 March 2017
Rochester, New York
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The royal palaces are decorated with interesting bas-reliefs.
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Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

I went a week ago and it was odd that they randomly decided to close the palace visit 1hr early. I had the time to come the next day but it sucks for those with limited travel time. On the flip side, the market place...More

Thank ZeeGoes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

The palaces are probably the highlight of Abomey but are not amazing. Yes it is an interesting tour and your must do it if you are close but it wont blow you away at all. Tour takes about an hour maybe a little more. Interesting...More

Thank TheTravelPirate
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We had an excellent guide. You can visit two of the 12 palaces (the only ones that survived when the then-king burned them down in 1892 as he fled the French invasion). The buildings contain traditional thrones, weapons, etc. On your way out, you can...More

Thank Mary T
Reviewed 14 December 2016

If you are interested in the history of Benin then this is a must-see UNESCO site. There are no pictures allowed inside and you can only visit two of the palaces as the rest are in ruins. Our English speaking guide was exemplary and by...More

1  Thank tolovetolive
Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

The Palaces are very interesting as is the tour. If you do not speak French you may not understand all the information as the tour is very detailed. Pictures are not allowed which is too bad, as it would be nice to revisit memories.

Thank spiritedbolderwomen
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

The royal palaces of the Dahomey kingdom are spread all around the town of Abomey. We are traveling around West Africa with a Togolese English-speaking guide. He suggested we begin our tour of the kings palaces with a visit to one palace that also houses...More

1  Thank Randy H
Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Yes it is true, some of the palaces are not well preserved and not being taken care of. UNESCO efforts to restore and protect have been burned down several times "accidentally" by children igniting the grass around the structures to catch bushmeat. But a lot...More

Thank Nandor89
Reviewed 2 June 2016

Well worth a visit. Unfortunately they wouldn’t let anyone take any pictures inside the palaces. The temple walls in the palaces are built from clay mixed with the blood of prisoners of war combined with gold dust, pearls and gunpowder. There is a royal throne...More

1  Thank Shanthi V
Reviewed 27 April 2016

A must see if you are in Benin: center of the Vudu world wide, king still living there with family and ministers, absolutely nice local art to get directly from artisans!!

Thank Pablo R
Reviewed 17 February 2016

Went to the places and museum. Signage is awful (and all in French which would be fine if it was readable), so it is hard to know what it being conveyed. The museum was good, however no English guides and again all the signage was...More

Thank Catjane2610
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Laura H
22 March 2015|
Response from Charles C | Reviewed this property |
The Royal palaces were declared UNESCO heritage sites. They are administered by minister of culture, but historically they are homes of the Royal Families of the region and their ancestors. Much of this was dispossessed by... More

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