1.         Royal Palaces of Abomey (Benin) (C 323bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1985

Criteria  (iii)(iv)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger    1985-present

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/323/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1985-1997)
Total amount approved: USD 113,000
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/323/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions

April 1985: UNESCO mission; July 1995: experts mission

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/323/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2003


The World Heritage Centre has been informed by the Cultural Heritage Division of the Culture Sector of UNESCO of the rehabilitation work currently going on in the Royal Palaces of Abomey in the King Behanzin's Palace.

These activities include: inventory, drainage, earthworks, restoration, re-building of sections of surrounding walls on site, and theoretical and practical training for 15 craftsmen on: building and bas-reliefs, framework and roofing techniques, and maintenance techniques.

One of the Royal Palaces of Abomey, King Behanzin's Palace is not included within the perimeter inscribed on the World Heritage List. However, the authorities of Benin envisage requesting the enlargement of this perimeter in order to include this palace, as soon as it has been restored.

King Behanzin’s Palace symbolises and synthesises three centuries of Danxomè’s history, a history that shows relationships between Europe, Africa and America. 

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM


Decision Adopted: 27 COM 7A.15

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Thanking the Government of Japan for their financial contribution to the restoration of King Behanzin's Palace,

2. Requests the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS in co-operation with the State Party to undertake an evaluation mission to the property in view of preparing a report by 1 February 2004 for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 28th session in 2004 on the state of conservation of this property to enable the World Heritage Committee to decide whether or not to remove it from the List of World Heritage in Danger;

3. Decides to retain Royal Palaces of Abomey on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Decision Adopted: 27 COM 8B.2

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Following examination of state of conservation reports of properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger (WHC-03/27.COM/7A),;

2. Decides to maintain the following properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger: