Cotonou is a busy port serving both Benin and neighboring Togo. Although Porto-Novo is officially the capital of Benin, Cotonou is the economic center of the nation, stretching from the Bay of Benin northwards inland.
The red and white Cathedral of Notre Dame and the two white minarets of the mosque stand out from the otherwise low cityscapes. But in the teeming Grand Marché de Dantokpa there is a thriving fetish market, which shows the continued popularity of the traditional animistic voodoo religion. Every kind of native botanical products and mummified parts of a variety of African wildlife are actively traded in this quarter of the main market of the city. The Fondation Zinsou is a museum of contemporary African art. Two nearby attractions make this stay a fascinating experience. The stilt village of Ganvie on Lake Nokoué is a unique offshore community where residents live practically all their lives without touching the mainland. Their houses stand on stilts, and even the smallest children are cheerfully accustomed to swimming and frolicking in boats. The city of Ouidah on the coast was an important Portuguese colony, where slaves were exported for the farms of Brazil. An ancient Portuguese fortress is located there, as well as a fascinating voodoo temple dedicated to python snakes that live in the temple. Overall, Cotonou is a very unusual port of call with unforgettable highlights.
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