More on Cotonou
Although the official capital of Benin is
Porto-Novo, Cotonou houses many of the government departments, making it the de facto capital of the coountry. It also has the main port, airport and railway station of the country. It is indeed the most important city in Benin.
Cotonou began as a small fishing village which was originally part of the Kingdom of Dahomey. In 1851, the French was granted permission to establish a trading post in Cotonou. This led to the ceding of Cotonou and its surrounding territory to France in 1868, during the reign of King Glele. From its humble beginning, Cotonou – which means “mouth of the river of death” – grew to become the principal port in the area.
Cotonou is served by the Cadjehoun Airport (COO). It receives flights from
Abidjan, Addis Ababa, Bamako, Bata, Brazzaville, Brussels, Casablanca, Conakry, Dakar, Douala, Johannesburg, Kinshasa, Lagos, Libreville, Lomé, Malabo, N’Djamena, Nouakchott, Ouagadougou, Paris, and Pointe-Noire.
Places of Interest in Cotonou
- Ancien Pont Bridge
- Cotonou Cathedral
- Dantokpa Market