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State of Conservation (SOC)

Royal Palaces of Abomey

Royal Palaces of Abomey
Date of Inscription: 1985
Nomination records (Year): 1984, 2007
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (iii)(iv)
Danger List: Yes
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  • Storms
  • Other Threats:

    Dilapidated state of conservation

Inscription on the Danger List
Year: 1985 -2007
Threats to the Site:

The site was inscribed simultaneously on the World Heritage List and on the List of the World Heritage in Danger in 1985, after a tornado struck Abomey on 15 March 1984.

According to a report at the time, the royal enclosure and museums (particularly the Guezo Portico, the Assins Room, King Glèlè's Tomb and Jewel Room) had suffered extensive damage. Since 1984, several conservation programs have done effective work at the site.

* : The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.