Agongointo-Zoungoudo Underground Town
The underground town of Agongointo-Zoungoudo is located approximately 9 km from Abomey, in central Benin. The city was discovered in 1998 by the Danish company DANIDA. It consists of a series of bunkers and other housing structures around 10m deep underground, built in an apparent effort to provide dwelling as well as protection for warriors.
World Heritage Status
This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on June 19, 1998 in the Cultural category. It was added to the list because it reunited two criteria: 1) Represent a masterpiece of human creative genius. 2) Be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history.
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