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The African 'Venice' (35 pics)

Posted in Lifestyle » Travel   6 Dec 2011   / 4943 views

The African lake village of Ganvie is built on bamboo stilts above Lake Nokoue in the Republic of Benin. This watery wonder is the African 'Venice' with a population of 20,000.

 

The meaning of the name Ganvie is "we survived". It reminds of the old events that led to the founding of the township. It's commonly believed that the Tofinu people settled here around 4 centuries ago to escape slavers who came from the Fon tribe and were not allowed to fight in water for traditional reasons (or perhaps could not swim).

The Tofinu chief formed an ingenious plan to shelter his people in the middle of Lake Nokoue – where enemies and slavers could not capture them.

This is the only human settlement in the world built on stilts.

The village was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List in 1996.



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f 2 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
the only settlement on stilts? go to Cambodia or south of Vietnam, just for another example.

20k people on a lake - these pics are very 'nice' - where does the kitchen/human waste go, from 20k people, on a lake?

what i would like to read, after the author makes the claim that "It's commonly believed that the Tofinu people settled here around 4 centuries ago to escape slavers who came from the Fon tribe and were not allowed to fight in water for traditional reasons (or perhaps could not swim)." - please bear with me, I'm not trying to diss anyone, but I find it SUPER suspicious, that at that age, at that time (slave trade to the Americas?), this really would be the reason - can't swim... ...
       
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Enter your name 2 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
In the 16th century the arabs were using black slaves. If it's true that it's on the UNESCO World Heritage list, you should have some faith! There are some marvelous thing on that list.
       
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Argon 2 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
I must agree.I think I'll pass on a visit there.
       
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zugzub 2 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
On top of all that, look at all the fat broads, Though the U.S. was the only place people where fat
       
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orendadude 2 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Whether on stilts or dry land, a ghetto is still a ghetto.
I have no problem with God,
It's his fan club I can't stand!!
       
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GOODSTUFF4U 2 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
would not swim there
http://www.facebook.com/goodstuff4u
       
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Peanut 2 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Got to wonder about the plumbing, too. I bet the water is hopelessly contaminated.
       
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