Royal Palaces Of Abomey In Benin

The Royal Palaces of Abomey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is situated in the Abomey town. This town was the capital city for the Kingdom of Dahomey once upon a time. This kingdom was once known for its military prowess and its commercial trading which mainly included slave trading. Until late 19th century they dominated this trade where they used to sell their war prisoners to the European slave traders. This trade generated huge revenue annually for the kings of the Dahomey.

This entire complex spread over 40 hectares comprises of 12 beautifully preserved palaces. It is said that these palaces could hold almost 8000 people at a time. Now these buildings are no longer inhabited.

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