Ouidah, Benin - 30/12/2019. Entrance to the Temple of Pythons.; Shutterstock ID 1644523357; full: 65050; gl: Online editorial; netsuite: POI updates; your: Ann Douglas Lott

Python Temple


Those interested in Vodou could visit the python temple, home to some 60 sleepy snakes. The guide explains some of the beliefs and ceremonies associated with the temple.

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1. Zinzou Foundation Museum

0.24 MILES

This museum of contemporary African art, housed in a stunning 1920s Afro-Brazilian villa, displays paintings and sculptures as well as light, video and…

2. Musée d'Histoire de Ouidah

0.37 MILES

Ouidah's main site is its Musée d'Histoire de Ouidah, housed in the beautiful Fortaleza São João Batista, a Portuguese fort built in 1721. It retraces the…

3. Route des Esclaves

0.96 MILES

The Route of the Slaves includes the slave auction plaza, the Tree of Forgetfulness (where slaves were branded with their owners' symbols and, to make…

4. Fidjirossé Beach

21.46 MILES

This pretty stretch of sand is a lovely place to embrace local culture and cool off. It's a favorite spot for Beninese to retreat to with families and is…

5. Fondation Zinsou

21.86 MILES

Named after the family that started it, this fantastic exhibition space seeks to promote contemporary African art among Beninese people through…

6. Villa Karo

22.15 MILES

On the main road through the village, Villa Karo is a small gallery with great exhibitions focusing on local art.

7. Ganvie Stilt Village

22.19 MILES

This stilt village, located in the lagoon of Lake Nokoue, was created for the Tofinu people to stay safe from slave hunters. It has become part of their…