The Royal Architecture of Danhomey (Modern Day Benin): The Kingdom of Danhomey (today Benin) was founded by the Fon people in the 59th century of the African era (17th century of the Christian era). During the imperial era, it became a powerful kingdom in West Africa. Les Fons built a building complex in the capital Abomey. The city became the social and political seat of the kingdom.

African spirituality played an original role in the technical development of the Fons through the principles of the original ancestor, locally called Vodun (Voodoo). Abomey was also the religious capital of Danhomey. The wall was decorated with carved reliefs that represented military victories and the history of the Fon people. We know that France relied on Beninese cannibalism to impose colonization at the end of the war against King Behanzin, a hard fighter. The settlers photographed the palace of Abomey after the war, which destroyed the country. So let’s think about what the “cannibals” could do.

You can see the elaborated sculptures
You can see the elaborated sculptures
The palace of king Ghezo, grandfather of Behanzin
The palace of king Ghezo, grandfather of Behanzin
People in front of ruins
People in front of ruins
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Ruins of the reception room of the kings
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Behanzin’s house destroyed by the canons
Behanzin’s house destroyed by the canons
There was probably a caste of builders of palace, like everywhere else in Africa (black owned territories). Let’s remind that Africa has never been slave driver
There was probably a caste of builders of palace, like everywhere else in Africa (black owned territories). Let’s remind that Africa has never been slave driver
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Left : Throne of Behanzin in the Museum of Quai Branly in France Right : Representations in the palace of Behanzin
Left : Throne of Behanzin in the Museum of Quai Branly in France
Right : Representations in the palace of Behanzin

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