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Address: Abomey, Abomey, Benin
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The royal palaces are decorated with interesting bas-reliefs.

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Interesting if you are into cultural history

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 October 2016
Nandor89
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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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.

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Grande Prairie, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 the main museum. We didn't visit a second palace. Our visit to the palace was... More 

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Munich, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 of archeological sites in the world have not a lot to see any more. The... More 

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Thank Nandor89
Abuja, Nigeria
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 inside which rests on the skulls of enemies.When a king died all of his wives... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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!!

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Thank Pablo R
Bicester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 in French. All 6 of our group were English speaking as well as 2 lots... More 

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Bunia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2016

The signage is awful or non existent, the locations spread across the town and no map available so you absolutely must have a guide to make sense of the place. We found a good guide at the Tourist Office, we paid about €30 for 2 of us for about 4 hours including the use of motorcycle taxis to travel between... More 

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Fehraltorf, Switzerland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2015

This is a Unesco world heritage and really poorly maintained. Despite that the guides are really striving at making it a superb experience. The palaces are barely recognizable - really a pitty. Sorry to be so frank about it.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2015

Very interesting guided tours puts a whole new perspective of African tribal life/cultures and history. Guides are (almost) mandatory! but it was well worth it.

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Thank GavUK74
Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2015

Really interesting to visit. The palaces have many features realting to the Ancient Voodoo Culture and also the warring Kingdoms of Dahomey. The buildings are partially preseved and extensive as each generation established their own palace.

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