The Portuguese Colonial City Porto Novo


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A lot of people believe that Cotonou is the capital of Benin and pass out on the quieter actual capital Porto Novo. Having spent the last couple of days looking for our group in Cotonou, Abomey-Calavi and Galvie without luck, me and Travis decided that we would just be tourists on our own in Porto Bovo and wait for them to message us their location when they have internet.
It is not judt present day that the city id important. Previously it was the seat of one of the three Beninese kingdoms and a port where up to ten thousands of slaves were sent to Brazil every year. We got to visit two museums where one of them called the Silva Museum explained the slavery history and the ethnographic museum explaining the use of Kallabash fruit all over Africa and another part showing Eygun masks and traditions.
Walking around the city was also quite pleasant. People were very welcoming greeting us as we walked by. The city also has some nice portuguese colonial buildings, a green park with a huge statue of their first king and mosques, churches and voodoo temples right next to each other. The temple called Kpakliyao was particularly cool looking like a cone and being a place where sacrifices were made- right in the cradle of the voodoo religion.

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