The Royal Palaces of Abomey are comprised of 12 palaces spread over 99 acres of land in the heart of Abomey, former capital of the ancient Kingdom of Dahomey. The palaces have a capacity of about 8000 people and the one belonging to the king included a two storey structure called the "cowrie house" or akuehue. The Kingdom of Dahomey was the most powerful in the West African coast bewteen 1600 and 1900.
Royal Palaces of Abomey have been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in Africa. The palaces were hit by a tornado in 1984 causing them to be in the list of World Heritage Sites in danger. They were later removed from the list of sites in danger in 2007 after restoration work was done. Your visit will include a tour of the royal enclosure, museums, the King's tomb and Jewel Room.