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The Sukur Cultural Landscape with its palace, terraced fields with ritual features and villages has survived unchanged for many centuries. It is located in the Northeastern part of Nigeria.

The designated area comprises:
- Hidi's Palace (ruined house complex of the chief)
- Paved walkways
- Domesticated landscape with extensive terraces (for agricultural use and spiritual significance)
- Domestic architecture in the villages (granite and dry-stone)
- Traditional cemeteries in the hills
- Wells
- Iron-smelting furnaces
- (Ceramic) shrines


Dr M.O. Hambolu (Nigeria):
Micro management of every available space by Sukur people, -past and present- should be a lesson to all on how to make he best of challenging situations.
Date posted: May 2006
rifo bonjoru (nigeria):
the trip to sukur was an interesting one, were i get to palace house, the hidi gizick is the one that display the various cultural heritage
Date posted: April 2006
Hon Williams Joshua ADHA YOLA (nigeria):
I visited this site during the 2004 world cultural day.It was so an interesting trip expecially when i was opportuned to see the palace which is not imaginable to the modern world.In view of my trip to sukur,my prayer is that UNESCO should intervain with great dextirity to see that cultural heritage at that site is maintained.

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Site info

Sukur Cultural Landscape
Country: Nigeria
Inscribed: 1999
Cultural Heritage
Criteria:  (3) (5) (6)
Category: Human activity, Cultural landscape

Site history:
1999 Inscribed
Reasons for inscription

Site links

Official website:
»Sukur, a culture of the Mandara mountains

In the news:
» Screening of The 13 Months of Sukur: Africa's First World Heritage Cultural Landscape (17-03-2011).
» World treasure Sukur groans under neglect (13-12-2009).
» Visitors to Sukur are warned not to approach a certain ancient baobab tree because, villagers say, it turns people into hermaphrodites. (22-10-2007).

Related links:
» Mandara Mountains Homepage.

Related Forum posts:
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Dry Stone Construction .
Prison . Stepwells .
Places of Execution .
Human Activity
Iron production . Man-made Terraces .
Built in the 17th century .
First inscriptions .
World Heritage Process
Associative Cultural Landscape . Slow Starters .

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