Palais des rois d'Abomey

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Palais des rois d'Abomey
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Bogusz O
Krakow, Poland94 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Its a little difficult for an European to be impressed by these few clay-based, single story bulidings. They are ancient by the standards in Benin, as they have been constructed around 1830-ish. Unfortunately they did not refurbish ANY of the furniture, maps & graphics hanging on the walls. Most of them are impossible to read.

They have a much venerated grave of the king Ghezo, which they believe is still with us, as the hut was supposed to be his room. There used to be furniture, but they threw it out, and nobody cared enough to even put a random bed and some chairs there to pretend that they are the originals.

There are a few artifacts in the museum - some of them very interesting but in high state of disrepair. By that I mean that they are literally falling apart. The famous throne with 4 skulls is in a glass cabinet so dirty that you can barely see the shape of that throne.

But dont be discouraged by all this. Get a guide to tell you the stories behind all that and you will really enjoy your time.
Written 14 January 2020
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nadahm311
London, UK57 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
A rather interesting but harsh history of the royals. I'd definitely recommend as a lot of history here. Guide was excellent. The grounds are v big. Definitely worth a visit..
Written 21 June 2019
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70ava
1131314776 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
The place itself does not really look like a palace, but with a good guide you do get the story and the right impression. We liked especially the strange clay figurines on the walls and the stories behind them, they are quite unique. Do ask about their active involvement in the slave trade - it made them insanely rich and powerful.
Written 7 March 2019
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70ava
1131314776 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
The place itself does not really look like a palace, but with a good guide you do get the story and the right impression. We like especially the strange clay figurines on the walls and the stories behind them,
Written 7 March 2019
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_steph91986
Morgan Hill, CA238 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
We really enjoyed our visit here. I would recommend getting an English speaking guide. This is very well preserved on African standards and some fascinating history comes from here. Would definitely recommend!
Written 24 February 2019
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Arjunan M
London, UK44 contributions
Jan 2019
Informative and interesting. Recommend to those wanting to know more than just a beach . It’s about learning that Benin is an amazing place of history
Written 5 January 2019
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Jo_Aberdeen_UK
Aberdeen, UK588 contributions
Nov 2018 • Solo
I was the only person visiting when I came and I found this trip interesting. They had an English speaking guide who led me around the large complex and explained everything. The buildings have lots of bas reliefs and there are some artefacts inside including many ancient thrones and decorative staffs and some gifts from Europeans during the slave trade. Not a huge amount of things but enough to keep interested and imaging how it would have been in its glory. The history was interesting. Took around an hour all in and the tour is mandatory, you can’t visit alone. Photos weren’t allowed inside the complex at all which was a pity, even the outside of building with the bas reliefs.
Written 10 November 2018
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Shift_Abdul_Ghani
Singapore, Singapore89 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
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, artifacts and collections. I had an English speaking guide who is very knowledgeable about the history and gave me a thorough explanation of the different sites within the palace.

Only downside is you can’t take pictures inside the palace.
Written 19 October 2018
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JamesFFC
Maidenhead, UK653 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
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 you can easily spend a couple of hours wandering around. Although some of the buildings are slightly falling into disrepair you do get the sense of what it must have been like at the height of the kingdom (surely the main aim of every museum right?) The English speaking guide was informative and very knowledgeable about this time period, which was good.

Only disappointing thing was we weren't allowed to take photos anywhere on the tour. Other than that, it's a highly educational morning out.
Written 19 October 2018
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shah22 .
Singapore, Singapore80 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
a great place to learn abt History. the guide was totally great explain to us about the great Abomey Empire. he brought us room to room and show us the abomey stuff ,the history of the kings,the warriors ,the wars ,how the abomey people lived during that time. after the guided tours, there were stalls of souvenir shops where u can buy stuff if you are interesed
Written 15 October 2018
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