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Cotonou

Country
Benin
State
Littoral - Benin
City
Cotonou
Type of Location
Multiple
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By Air

Cotonou Cadjehoun Airport (IATA: COO, ICAO: DBBB) is an airport located in Cotonou, the biggest city in Benin in West Africa.In 2004, the airport served 301,493 passengers.provides service to the capitals of the region and to France, as well as the major cities of Benin: Parakou, Kandi, Natitingou, Djougou, and Save.There are also road connections to several neighboring countries: Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Togo.A notable form of transport in the city is known as a Zemidjan.

By Train

The Autonomous Port of Cotonou is one of the largest ports in West Africa.The city is connected to Parakou in the north of the country by the Benin-Niger railway.

By Road

There are also road connections to several neighboring countries: Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Togo. A notable form of transport in the city is known as a Zemidjan.Because of these connections, Cotonou has become a crossroads of West African commerce, with much trade moving here from Abidjan because of the Ivorian Civil War.The city is a so-called 'market town,' enabling trade with the countries of the African interior, such as Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger. In addition to the port, there is a free trade zone in the interior of the city for use by the landlocked Saharan states.

Key places to visit
Cotonou Cathedral, Dantokpa Market, Oueme River, Office de Radiodiffusion


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Places to Visit

Cotonou Cathedral

Is a Roman Catholic cathedral, located near the Ancien Pont Bridge in Cotonou, Benin.It is noted for its distinct burgundy and white striped tiled architecture.Its tower stands towards the rear end left side of the main building.The cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cotonou.The diocese was originally created on June 26 1883 as the Apostolic Prefecture of Dahomey from the Apostolic Vicariate of Benin Coast, Nigeria.After several names changes under Dahomey, on 14 September 1955 it was promoted as the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cotonou.

Dantokpa Market

The Dantokpa Market is a market in Cotonou, Benin.It is one of the most important retailing areas in Benin, covering over 20 hectares.It is also economically important for the country, with a reported commercial turnover of over a billion CFA Francs a day.

Oueme River

Is a river in the countries of Benin and Nigeria.It flows into the Atlantic Ocean near the large city of Cotonou, Benin.Also known as the Weme River, this river has its source in the Atakora mountains of Benin.This river is about 300 miles (480 km) long and it flows past the towns of Carnotville and Ouémé to a large delta on the Gulf of Guinea near the seaport city of Cotonou.This river forms a significant part of the boundary between the countries of Benin and Nigeria.

Office de Radiodiffusion

Is a the mainstream terrestrial television channel and radio operator in Benin.It has its headquarters in Cotonou.

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