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Parakou

Country
Benin
State
Departement du Borgou
City
Parakou
Type of Location
Multiple
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By Train

Parakou Railway Station is the last railway station on the Parakou-Cotonou railway. Both the national highways RNIE 2 and RNIE 6 pass through Parakou.The city is also served by Parakou Airport.The government has proposed extending the railway to Dosso in Niger.

By Air

Parakou Airport (IATA: PKO, ICAO: DBBP) is an airport serving Parakou in Benin.

By Road

Both the national highways RNIE 2 and RNIE 6 pass through Parakou.The city is also served by Parakou Airport.The government has proposed extending the railway to Dosso in Niger.

Key places to visit
Plein Air de Parakou Museum, Parakou Mosque, National University of Benin


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Places to Visit

Plein Air de Parakou Museum

Is a museum located approximately 1.5 kilometres south of the centre of the city Parakou, Benin in the suburbs. The museum consists of five circular complexes represnting the traditional housing of the local Batanou peoples.The museum as of 2006 was in difficulty given that it lacks the funds and maintenance to allow it to fulfill its potential as a showcase.The museum charges a CFA franc 1500 entrance fee.

Parakou Mosque

The mosque is noted for its fortress-like structure and turrets with dark red window panels.A significant number of the population are Roman Catholic, about a third of the inhabitants, and the city lies within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Parakou.It was established on May 13, 1948 as the Apostolic Prefecture of Parakou from the Apostolic Prefecture of Niamey, Niger and from February 10, 1964 promoted as Diocese of Parakou.On October 16, 1997 it formally became the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Parakou.The principal church is the Cathedrale Saints Pierre et Paul.The current archbishop is Fidele Agbatchi, who was appointed on April 14, 2004.

National University of Benin

Is the principal university in the country of Benin.The university was founded in 1970 as the Universite du Dahomey.In 1975 the name was changed to Universite Nationale du Benin.Its name is abbreviated UNB.The school is composed of 19 institutions and six campuses.The main campus is the Universite d'Abomey-Calavi (UAC).Enrollment at UAC was over 16,000 in 1999, including over 3,300 women.

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