Set in southern Benin, the town of Abomey once served as the capital of the ancient kingdom of Dahomey from the 17th to 19th centuries. It is home to majestic royal palaces, sacred tombs, and a fascinating museum. The Abomey Palaces have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Visitors flock here to view these stately structures and soak up the history of Benin. These enchanting earthen structures lie in ruins except for the surviving palaces of Glele and Ghezo which form the Historical Museum of Abomey, featuring bas-reliefs lining the walls and an eery throne mounted on human skulls. Don’t miss the opportunity to view the traditional crafts and applique textiles at the local crats and arts centre.