BENIN – The Ancient City

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Benin City is the capital and largest city of Edo State in southern Nigeria. It lies along the main highways from Lagos to the eastern states. Benin City is known as one of the most ancient cities in the whole of Africa. From its rich history to traditions, culture, festivals and arts, it really is a culture enthusiasts haven! (Find the addresses and phone number of good places/businesses in Benin)

Benin City is popular for enjoyment, with the large number of bars, restaurants and lounges as well as hotels (See addresses of bars, lounges, nightclubs in Benin City). Big bars are usually in large open spaces with loud music blaring loudly. Peppersoup of different variety is served, with other delicacies like asun, suya, and grilled fish (See addresses of Restaurants in Benin).

You can always find a variety of things to shop at Phil Hallmark Shopping Plaza, Ring Road on your way out from the Oba’s Palace or at Grandhill Shopping Mall on Central Road in GRA (See addresses and phone numbers of shops/malls in Benin).

Benin City is home to some of Nigeria’s institutions of higher learning, namely, the University of Benin located at Ugbowo and Ekenwan, the Ambrose Alli University located at Ekpoma, the College of Education Ekiadolor, Igbinedion University, the Benson Idahosa University and Wellspring University (See addresses and phone numbers of schools in Benin).

The Binis are known for bronze sculpture, its casting skills, and their arts and craft. Attractions in the city include the National Museum (The museum holds three galleries and is one of the largest museums in terms of indigenous artifacts in Nigeria, making it a must-visit for history and cultural lovers), the Oba Palace, Igun Street (Famous for bronze casting and other metal works) (See addresses of recreational places to visit in Benin).

Benin Airport serves the city with four commercial airlines flying to it. It is also accessible by road via the Shagamu-Benin Expressway from Lagos and through the A2 from Abuja (See addresses of Bus parks in Benin City), (See transportation cost from Benin to major Nigerian cities)


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