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Heritage >>Religious heritage

Place Agoli

Place Agoli

It is the oldest center of town where the ceremony Dangbe Gozen was installed and where the first farm Glexwe. Close to it resided many Yovogan.
It is marked by two (02) religious symbolic spaces: the Basilica and the Temple of Pythons place where important religious ceremonies are performed.
Today the space is laid with paving stones and there remains a hundred years old baobab.


This is the most famous temple in the city and Western visitors described their relationship in travel since the eighteenth century (Bosman – Pommegorge, Lebat.).
According to oral traditions, xueda victory over the army of Allada in the eighteenth century is attributed to the prodigy and the help of a python
It was also described by Abbey Lafitte (1870).
The oral tradition also said that it has been built in Sahe and may have suffered multiple displacements.
According to Bosman, it would have exist since the late seventeenth century. its installation is also attributed between 1727 (Savi conquest by King Agadja) and 1764, the date of arrival Pruneau Pommegorge).

Dangbexwé (Pythons Temple) and Agoli Place

Name : Dangbexwε (Pythons Temple) and Agoli Place

Address   :Agoli Place / face to the Basilica


Nature of the heritage : Systems containing sacred forest’s relics and temple
Initial Function: Religious / founder Cult of the town of Ouidah
Current function : Religious and historical / historical and touristic site
Construction Period  :
•Existing site since late seventeenth century (ref European travelers)
•House restored in 1992 by the FCC


Brief description

• Currently the Temple site includes the:
1st Court:
- A building shaped like a truncated cone, with cement blocks housing the living pythons;
- A building shaped round hut at the entrance, stubble historical element;
- A building of protected land, covered with metal sheet housing a protective divinity;
- Two (02) small round huts.
2nd Court
- 3 to 4 trees (irokos);
- Closure of cement painted in pink.

Cultural Complex Daagbo Hounon

Name :  Cultural Complex Daagbo Hounon


Commune :Ouidah
Headquarter  :  Sogbadji
Address :    


Nature of the herit  : vernaculary architecture
Initial Function : Religious (priest and followers)
Current function : Religious and Residential
Construction Period :


Brief description

The complex consists of temples, a monastery of private and public spaces.

• The space available to the public includes:

- 5 Baileys including one called Dihoué
- 10 buildings of cement blocks reserved for housing the priest and his family
- 3 Temples: Temple of the ''fetish'' So (in clay) and Temples of Dan and Hoyo (in blocks of cement)

• The convent includes 3 baileys of laterite around which articulate the homes of followers and other people.
• Buildings occupied only during ceremonies and during the initiation of novices.

The religious dimension is expressed by the various polychrome murals inside and outside, a white chaquu on a pole, which signals the presence of voodou and a big iroko (loko voodou) planted in the sacred area.


The complex is managed by Daagbo Hounon, Supreme Leader of voodou. He leads the major ceremonies Xugozen, Yiyi Xuta Adantoxu and worship, the supreme deity of Ouidah.

Xugozen is dedicated to the god of the sea and is carried by a procession of followers of various convents for jars to collect water in the pond or sacred voodou Huntonu Gloves

Xutayiyi was held once every 20/30 years, then every 7 years. Daagbo Hounon went in procession to the sea with the sacred objects and Adantoxu Agbe Avrekete to perform sacrifices and libations.



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