Kajuru Castle

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Kajuru Castle

Kajuru Castle is a luxury villa, built between the years 1981 and 1989, at Kajuru village in Kaduna State, Nigeria.[1] It was built by a German expatriate in Nigeria, living in Kaduna at the time.[2]

The castle is located at about 45 km from Kaduna on a mountaintop in Kajuru village, Kaduna state. Built with 1 meter thick granite stone in a fanciful medieval-inspired Romanesque style, it is adorned with turrets, an armory and a dungeon.

The castle is privately owned, and has the capacity to contain 150 guests.[3]

Architecture[edit]

The Castle is often described as an African version of the Bavarian Castle in a very grand 19th-century Romanesque revival style. It has a baronial styled hall, coupled with dungeons and towers lined with crenellated walls. The castle also has a big “knight’s hall” and a landlords (masters) residence and several other rooms over its three floors.[4]

Incident in April 2019[edit]

On 19 April 2019, unidentified terrorists armed with heavy weapons broke into the castle, killing two people, a British communication specialist[5] and a Nigerian assistant for NGO company Mercy Corps.[6] The unidentified terrorists also kidnapped three others.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hotels.ng. "Kajuru Castle". Kajuru Castle | Hotel in Kaduna | Hotels.ng. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  2. ^ Wale-Ojo, Lanre (Sep 20, 2017). "Kajuru Castle: Nigeria's Hidden Haven In Kaduna". Tribune. Tribune. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  3. ^ "All you need to know about planning a day trip to Kajuru castle". Pulse NG. Pulse. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  4. ^ Johnson, Elizabeth Ofosuah. "The Beautiful Kajuru Castle in Nigeria Promises a Taste of 19th-Century Royalty". Face2FaceAfrica. Face2FaceAfrica. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  5. ^ "British aid worker killed by gunmen at a holiday resort in Nigeria". CNN. Cable News Network. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  6. ^ "What we know about Mathew Oguche, Nigerian killed in Kaduna attack". BBC News UK. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  7. ^ "British Woman Killed by Gunmen at Nigerian Holiday Resort". BBC News UK. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 22 April 2019.

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Coordinates: 10°18′45.29″N 7°40′45.55″E / 10.3125806°N 7.6793194°E / 10.3125806; 7.6793194