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Historical Tourism And Sites

From the ancient Ife head sculpture, the Benin head terracotta to the historical Igbo Ukwu civilization, the Stone Age Nok Culture and the Hausa-Fulani Cultural Heritage, Nigeria is a country that is very rich in cultural tourism and there are many historical sites to visit. It is not news that Nigeria is a country with a rich cultural heritage boasting of several hundred tribes and languages. While the country does not quite thrive on tourism yet, we still have our fair share of historical attractions which is evidence of the country's ancient culture and heritage. So the next time you have some free time on your hands, you should consider checking out the following historical attractions:   National War Museum, Umuahia: This museum houses relics from wars waged in Nigeria through the years, including the Nigerian Civil War, Niger Delta conflicts and depictions of weapons used in battles fought in old Nigerian empires. Slave History Museum, Calabar: Calabar was a major slave port during the slave trade days and this museum houses numerous artifacts from the slave era, including remnants of ships and their cargo. Nigerian National Museum, Lagos: Arguably, the largest collection of Nigerian art and artifacts. Here you can find wood carvings, bronze statues from the Bini Kingdom and exhibits from the Nok culture which dates all the way back to 550 BC. First Storey Building, Badagry: As the name suggests, this is the first ever storey building built in Nigeria, and it was built by Reverend Henry Townsend. Mbari Cultural Centre, Imo: This centre showcases the history and tradition of the Igbos, including sculptures which were once dedicated to gods. Badagry Heritage Museum: This is another museum dedicated to the slave trade era, with eight galleries inside taking visitors through different periods of Badagry history, including the pre-slave era, the slave era, and the post-slave era. Sukur Kingdom, Adamawa: This is one of Nigeria's two UNESCO World Heritage sites and is located above the village of Sukur on Mandara Mountain. It is an ancient settlement with a long history of iron work and strong political institutions dating back to the 16th century.                  House of Mary Slessor, Calabar: Mary Slessor was a missionary credited with stopping the killing of twins in Calabar in the 1800s. Her house still stands as a historical attraction in Calabar till date. Osun Sacred Grove, Osogbo: This is another UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the most sacred locations in Yoruba culture. It is one of the only remaining examples of the once widespread Yoruba settlement design.                        Emir Of Kano's Palace, Kano: Kano boasts of an ancient culture and civilization, and the Emir's palace is one of the elements of this ancient culture.

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