Benin, officially called the Republic of Benin, is located in West Africa. It is bordered by Togoin the west,Nigeriain the east, and Burkina FasoandNigerin the north..Benin is a tropical, sub-Saharan nation, highly dependent on agriculture, with substantial employment and income arising from subsistence farming.
Benin, formerly known asDahomey, was one of the first countries in the 1990s to successfully effect the transition from dictatorship to a pluralistic political system. Today, it is one of the most stable countries inAfrica. Aside from the taste of history and metropolitan Africa,Beninalso offers quaint little treasures and secrets that you can pluck from the streets and beaches.
Benin is blessed with rich and multi-facetted touristic heritage, streching from natural resources (climate, topography, sea and bar- beaches , fauna and flora, water-ways, waterfalls, etc. ..) to socio-cultural landmarks (history, culture, folklores, languages, religions, traditions, handcraft, museums, monuments, touristic and archaelogic sites, etc. ..)
Door of The Return of Christ, Ouidah
Further along the beach is a smaller statue showing some of those that returned, in Western clothes and suitcases in hand. This monument is called The Door Of Return.
It would be interesting to know the numbers, how many slaves departed, how many returned home free.
Pendjari National Park
ThePendjariNational Parkcovers an area of 2744 square km in the northwest side ofBenin. Its name is derived from thePendjariRiver, and it is one of the most attractive places for tourists in this country. This Park is known for its varied wildlife; also, this park has a variety of birds, precisely 300 different species, so it’s a paradise for the bird watchers. The beauty of the park is enhanced by the Atakora range in the background, and this attracts many tourists.
Door of No Return.Beninis also referred to as the "Slave Route", and for good reason.
This "door" symbolizes the end of a slave's life inAfrica. Most slaves would never return to their homes after being shipped to theAmericas.
Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
The Basilique de l’Immaculée Conception (Basilica of the Immaculate Conception) is a Roman Catholic minor basilica dedicated to the Immaculate Conception located inOuidah,Benin. The basilica is under the circumscription of the Archdiocese of Cotonou. The basilica was dedicated on November 9, 1989.
The mosque is noted for its fortress-like structure and turrets with dark red window panels.A significant number of the population are Roman Catholic, about a third of the inhabitants, and the city lies within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Parakou.
Notre Dame des Apotres
The cathedral of Notre Dame des Apotres, often referred to as Cotonou Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in close proximity toAncienPontBridgeinCotonou,Benin. Noted today for its distinct burgundy and white striped tiled architecture and prominent tower, it remains one of the oldest buildings inBenin.
Cotonou Friendship Stadium
Stade de l'Amitie or Friendship Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium inCotonou,Benin. It is currently used for football matches and also has facilities for athletics. The stadium has a capacity of 35,000 people.