Village souterrain d'Agongointo-Zoungoudo


Village souterrain d'Agongointo-Zoungoudo is part of the Tentative list of Benin in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

The Underground village of Agongointo-Zoungoudo was discovered in 1998. It consists of a series of bunker-type cellars where people sought shelter in the 16th century. There were 52 dwellings including bedrooms, kitchens and wells some 10m below ground surface.

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Michelle Kouletio

United States - 16-Nov-10 -

This is an amazing site of over 150 caves used during kindgom battles of over 400 years ago in the Abomey region of Benin. The tour guides are excellent and the site is set up so one can visit the interior of once cave fully in tact as well as climb down into the cave that was first identified when a bulldozer fell into it just a few years ago during road construction.

The grounds are lovely and include fantastic local huts, a playground for kids, and a gorgeous butterfly garden.

A great visit and right off the national road between Cotonou and Parakou at Bohicon.

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Village souterrain d'Agongointo-Zoungoudo
Urban landscape - African
1998 Added to Tentative List

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