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    Ruins from the 11th century
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  • UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009
    UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009
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    First UNESCO World Heritage site in...

    by sachara Written Apr 9, 2015

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    In 2013 during my second visit to Burkina Faso I was able to visit the Loropeni Ruins which became the first UNESCO World Heritage Site of Burkina Faso in 2009. There is a small entrance fee and an additional fee for the use of a camera. A guide shows you around the complex.

    The Loropeni Ruins are among the most impressive surviving stone ruins in West Africa. Most traditional buildings in Burkina Faso are made of mud, but the bricks of Loropeni are made of rock, stuck together by cement made from shea butter and honey.

    Acoording to UNESCO: " The property with its imposing stone walls is the best preserved of ten fortresses in the Lobi area and is part of a larger group of 100 stone enclosures that bear testimony to the power of the trans-Saharan gold trade. The ruins are at least 1,000 years old. The settlement was occupied by the Lohron or Koulango peoples, who controlled the extraction and transformation of gold in the region from the 14th to the 17th century."

    UNESCO World Heritage Site UNESCO World Heritage Site Walls of Loropeni Map of the complex
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    • Historical Travel
    • Archeology
    • Arts and Culture

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