Benin City, also called Edo, the capital and largest city of Edo State, southern Nigeria. Benin City is located on an arm of the Benin River and is located along the main highway to Lagos to Asaba Niger Bridge and the eastern states. The city is also served by roads Siluko, sapele, Ubiaja, ouendo and is served by air and sea ports of the Niger Delta Sapele and Koko.
Formerly, the main city of Edo (Bini) of the Kingdom of Benin. There are still traces of the old city wall and moat, but the new city is a model of packing houses and streets that converge on the palace and compound oba (sacred king) and the Covenant government offices. On the main square is a statue of Emotan, honest to be offered in sacrifice to restore the reputation of her husband, the woman ABO. The current oba retains traditional and advisory roles in government.
Benin City was famous for his bronzes " - in reality , the work of brass, some who have been dating the century - and his Ivory carved 13; museum (1960) has a remarkable collection of some of the first parts of the Kingdom. Present craftsmen still practice the old method of lost wax casting ( "lost wax ") and its woodcarvers are organized into a cooperative crafts in town.
Tourists who have found their way to the West Africa Benin find an interesting stop. Benin have not got any public attention for a long time, but the natural and historical treasures in the country club-shaped. Benin has a coastline to the south, Togo to the west, the east with Nigeria and Niger and Burkina Faso to the north.
Before it was Benin, it was called the Kingdom of Dahomey and exerted the greatest force between all Empires in Africa. These days, the rich culture and traces of Dahomeyans architecture are still visible in the ruins of Abomey. Instead, Ouidah is a reminder of the economy of the slave who led the extra power of the Kingdom. A point of interest is Ouidah Route slaves - the final stretch of land that African slaves were traded until they were sent to Brazil and other Caribbean territories.
The history of Benin, its connection with Afro - Brazilian, is preserved in the Museum of Ouidah, as well as those of Porto-Novo. However, life in the city of Benin provides a lifetime experience for travelers, thanks to the nightlife and shopping streets.
In addition to the Metropolitan African history, Benin also offers little treasures and picturesque secrets that you can gather on the streets and beaches. Voodoo in its authentic form, word is everywhere, places people in shops, markets fetish that sell a wide variety of animal skins and heads. You can also learn more about the wildlife Pendjari and meet and greet with the Lions, crocodiles and elephants.