Dassa-Zoumé

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Dassa-Zoumé

Igbo Idaasha
Dassa-Zoumé is located in Benin
Dassa-Zoumé
Dassa-Zoumé
Location in Benin
Coordinates: 07°45′00″N 02°11′00″E / 7.75000°N 2.18333°E / 7.75000; 2.18333
Country Benin
DepartmentCollines Department
Area
 • Total661 sq mi (1,711 km2)
Population
 (2013)
 • Total112,118
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)

Dassa-Zoumé, also known as Igbo Idaasha or simply Dassa, is a city in central Benin, on the Cotonou-to-Parakou railway and the main north-south highway. It is the capital of Collines Department. The commune covers an area of 1,711 square kilometres (661 sq mi), and as of 2013 had a population of 112,118.[1]

Jama'at Islamique Ahmadiyya Benin built its central mosque (Mosquée Moubarqiue) here in 2010, which has a tall 18-meter minaret, just outside the city on the main road towards Parakou. Jama'at Islamique Ahmadiyya Benin also built a French/English bilingual primary school here, called Ecole Primaire Publique Ahmadiyya.[2]

The indigenous population of Dassa are the Idaasha. They migrated from the Egba subgroup of western Yoruba in present-day Nigeria to settle here.[citation needed] The city is known as a place of pilgrimage; the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared in the Grotte Notre-Dame d'Arigbo, around which a basilica has since been built containing several shrines.[3] The city is also known for its surrounding forests and hills, many of which contain Voodoo shrines.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Benin". Geohive. Archived from the original on 2017-02-01.
  2. ^ http://www.ahmadiyyabenin.org
  3. ^ a b Butler, Stuart (2019) Bradt Travel Guide - Benin, pgs. 148-51

Coordinates: 07°45′N 02°11′E / 7.750°N 2.183°E / 7.750; 2.183