Agongointo-Zoungoudo Underground Town

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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.[1]


These houses appear to have been built in the 16th century under the reign of King Dakodonou, the second King of Abomey.[1]

World Heritage Status[edit]

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.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Village souterrain d'Agongointo-Zoungoudo - UNESCO World Heritage Centre


UNESCO World Heritage Agongointo-Zoungoudo Underground Town (Village souterrain d'Agongointo-Zoungoudo) UNESCO World Heritage Criteria