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Sukur

Sukur
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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

Map of Sukur

Legend

  • Cultural

Community Reviews


rifo bonjoru nigeria - 28-Apr-06

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


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

Full name: Sukur Cultural Landscape

Unesco ID: 938

Inscribed: 1999

Type: Cultural

Criteria: 3   5   6  

Link: By Name By ID

Site History

  • 1999 - Inscribed 

Locations

The site has 1 locations.

  • Sukur

Connections

The site has 11 connections.

Architecture

  • Dry Stone Construction: The villages in the Sukur cultural landscape ...have their own characteristic domestic architecture. Among its features are drystone walls, used as social markers and defensive enclosures, sunken animal (principally bull) pens, granaries, and threshing floors (AB ev)

Constructions

  • Prison: "The traditional prison and the former execution site, neither of which is still in use, are partly ruined and in need of conservation and possible reconstruction." (Nomination file and AB)
  • Stepwells: "unique stone-built conical walk-in wells"

History

  • Places of Execution: "The traditional prison and the former execution site, neither of which is still in use, are partly ruined and in need of conservation and possible reconstruction." (Nomination file and AB)

Human Activity

Timeline

  • Built in the 17th century: "A later Iron age phase going back at least to the 17th Century is represented by the establishment of the current Dur Chiefly Dynasty and the development of Sukur as a major iron producing centre" (Nom file)

Trivia

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