Musee Histsorique d’ Abomey
Musee Historique d'Abomey: A Glimpse into the Ancient Kingdom of Dahomey
Established by the French colonial administration in 1943, the Musee Historique d'Abomey is a remarkable repository of history, living culture, and tourism. Nestled on the palatial site of approximately 5 acres, the museum encompasses the majestic palaces of King Guézo and King Glèlè. The entire palatial site, spanning over 108 acres, has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985.
Located in the heart of the city of Abomey, a coastal town in the Republic of Benin, the Royal Palaces are a testament to the grandeur and legacy of the ancient kingdom of Danhomè (Dahomey). Abomey, situated about 65 miles from the coast on the Gulf of Guinea, was once the vibrant capital of this ancient civilization.
An Exquisite Collection of Royal Artifacts
The Musee Historique d'Abomey houses a remarkable collection of 1,050 artifacts, primarily belonging to the kings who reigned over Danhomè. This diverse and invaluable collection includes arms, intricately carved wooden thrones, jewelry, portable metal altars ("assin") dedicated to ancestors or deceased kings, and sculptured animals symbolizing the royal lineage.
In addition, the museum boasts an array of appliquéd cloths narrating historical events, royal emblems and insignia, musical instruments, photographs of significant events and ceremonies, and European-imported objects gifted to the kings. Among the museum's most treasured possessions are approximately 50 restored bas-reliefs, showcasing the artistic prowess of the ancient Dahomey civilization.
A Journey into the Heart of Dahomey's History
The Musee Historique d'Abomey offers visitors a unique opportunity to delve into the fascinating history of the ancient kingdom of Dahomey. As you explore the museum, you will be captivated by the tales of grandeur and power, artistry and culture that have shaped this once-great civilization. The Musee Historique d'Abomey is more than just a museum; it is a voyage into the heart of an extraordinary historical legacy.
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