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Address: Abomey, Abomey, Benin

The royal palaces are decorated with interesting bas-reliefs.

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You really need a guide to understand the stories behind the palaces

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Mary T
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Rochester, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 history for sure. Can get hot and sunny so consider sunscreen for sure and bring... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 take a look at the handicrafts: some fairly good stuff actually made locally.

Thank Mary T
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 asking lots of questions we learnt a lot which brought together our knowledge from visiting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Grande Prairie, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 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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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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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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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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