Benin City

Dating back to pre-colonial times, this is one of the oldest cities in Nigeria and a treasure house of history and culture. The National Museum, close to Oba Palace, will be the highpoint of your visit, and is packed with fascinating artefacts from every era.

On Igun Street you can see bronze casters plying their trade, as they have for over 600 years, whilst Holy Arousa is said to be the site of Africa’s first Catholic church but is now devoted to the traditional worship of the Binis. Finally, make sure you view the ramparts of the Old City Wall, once the world’s second largest man-made structure after the Great Wall of China.

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