The Royal Palaces of Abomey are a collection of monuments of great historical and cultural value. This building is an expression of organized culture and strength and a witness in the past of the kings who ruled the kingdom of Dahomey. The Royal Palaces of Abomey have ever become one on the world heritages from Benin.
Royal Palaces Of Abomey
The Royal Palaces of Abomey were developed in the middle of the 17th century. According to the teachings of its founder, Wegbaja, he said that the kingdom will always be enlarged. Under the direction of twelve kings during the period 1625-1900, the kingdom had developed as one of the most powerful kingdoms on the west coast of Africa.
These palaces firmly adhere to the principles of Aja-Fon culture which not only determine the royal decision making but also determine the development of craft techniques and the storage of royal property. The site consists of two parts since the palace of King Akaba was separated from his father, Wegbaja.
The two parts are separated by one of the main roads of the city and by several residential areas. The palace has organizational constants because each of them is surrounded by walls and built around three pages. The complex of fortified structures illustrates the ingenuity that developed by the power of the king from the middle of the 17 century.
The complex structure was made to obey the teachings that established by the founders of the Wegbaja Kingdom like he said, “That the kingdom will always be greater”. The use of traditional materials and polychrome bas-reliefs is an important architectural feature of this royal building.
World Heritage From Benin
UNESCO had inscribed the palaces on the List of World Heritage Sites in Africa. The site had to be included under the List of World Heritage in Danger since Abomey was hit by a tornado on 15 March 1984. However, with assistance from several international agencies the restoration and renovation work was completed.
After the renovation, The Royal Palaces of Abomey then were removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2007. Then, a new management plan was designed and conservation activities led to improved site conditions. Today, the Palaces of Abomey are no longer inhabited.
The palace is made to house of Historical Museum of Abomey which was once the residence of King Ghézo and King Glélé. This building represents the history of the kingdom and the symbolism of the desire for independence, resilience, and against colonial occupation.
The Royal Palaces of Abomey are the collection of monuments of great historical and cultural value from Benin and become one of the world heritage. This building represents the history of the kingdom and the symbolism of the desire for independence, resilience, and against the colonial occupation.