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Ouidah is a city in Southern Benin.


Ouidah is a city that lies on the Atlantic coast. The site a UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List and is the spiritual capital of the Voodoo religion.

Tourist attractions in Ouidah include a restored mansion of Brazilian slavers the Maison du Brésil art gallery, a voodoo python temple, an early twentieth century basilica and the Sacred Forest of Kpasse, dotted with bronze statues.

The Route des Esclaves, by which slaves were taken to the beach, has numerous statues and monuments, including the Door of No Return, a memorial arch.

The Market Center of Ouidah, which was established by Scouts more than 20 years ago, trains young people in agricultural skills, thus helping to reverse the exodus towards the cities.

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  • Museum of Fondation Zinsou with modern African art and a café with nice lunch options
  • Portuguese Fort houses the historical museum of Ouidah
  • Sacred Forest to understand more about voodoo
  • Gate of No Return
  • Ouidah Cathedral
  • Basilique de l’Immaculée Conception
  • Temple of Pythons, considered by some a tourist trap, is a small area where pythons are kept and you can touch and take pictures with them.

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Good Marquis at Gbena – (Name?) They offer salad, roasted turkey, chicken, and fish, and African staples (rice and pâte). (Tell Zem Marquis Gbena)

Amicale – Sometimes Ouidah can wear on you. Go to Amicale next to the basilica. The couple that owns it are so nice, you’ll come back just for the company. They have schwarma, hamburgers, ice cream, fish, chicken, and an Ivorian specialty called Atcheke. Drinks are a little more expensive than at buvettes.

Côté Pêche – Some of the best fish in Ouidah. Don’t order of the menu, ask them what’s good. If you go in a group, you can negotiate to share a large fish. Sides include fries, legumes, and rice. (Tell Zem “Restaurant en face d’EPP Bresil” if they don’t know “Coté peche”

Le Jardin Secret – This is supposed to be very good food. It’s secluded, but there are signs on the highway. It’s also a hotel and offers moto and bike rental.

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