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Wonders of Burkina Faso

House in Tiébélé, Burkina Faso
House in Tiébélé / GuideStephane, / CC BY-SA 3.0

WorldBlue  Highlights

This large country is comparatively little known but nevertheless – charming and with numerous interesting mysteries.

The most amazing wonders of Burkina Faso are:

  • Archaeological monuments – abandoned towns, fortifications, necropolises and sanctuaries. In earlier times Burkina Faso was important source of gold, ivory and other valuable goods, here evolved smaller kingdoms and trade towns.
  • Traditional architecture – Burkinabé (people of Burkina Faso) have their own style of architecture which is very unusual and beautiful. Some of most interesting buildings are found in Tiébélé village, impressive are the mosques in Bani.

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WorldViolet Top 19 wonders of Burkina Faso

Geological wonders

Sindou Peaks

Cascades

Group of spectacular sandstone cliffs that resemble ruins of giant structures.

Fabedougou Domes

Cascades

Amazing limestone formations that in some places look like numerous domes located close together.

Fabedougou Domes, Burkina Faso
Tengrela Falls (Kerfiguela Falls, Banfora Falls)

Cascades

Waterfall with many cascades, total height – some 50 m.

Archaeological wonders

Douna Caves (Turka de Douna)

Cascades

Group of small caves with archaeological importance. Some caves are sacred and uninitiated visitors can not enter them. Caves are differentiated – some were used as dwellings, some – for the rituals of sorcerer.

Markoye rock engravings

Sahel

Group of sites (Sorbaïa, Tondo Banda and Béribéra) with rock engravings that were created in the time period between the 7th and 12th centuries AD.

Pobé Mengao rock engravings

Sahel

Group of archaeological monuments – rock art (before the 12th century AD), group of mounds and other monuments.

Bourzanga necropolis

Centre-Nord

Several groups of burials that include large jars made by Dogons, 109 steles.

Maadaga rock paintings

Est

Two rock shelters with abstract rock paintings.

Obiré sanctuaries

Sud-Ouest

Group of 27 rectangular sanctuaries – burials of Gan kings.

Architecture wonders

Tiébélé

Centre-Sud

Village with typical, highly unusual architecture. Contains Tiébélé Royal Court – an area that is encircled with a wall and contains an altar of ancestors, sacred stones, the cemetery of ancestors, and other important features. The contrasting colors of walls are repainted every year after the harvest – this design was created in the 16th century or earlier.

Kampti shrines

Sud-Ouest

Site with numerous fetish statues, center of local animists. Cult of sacrifice continues up to this day, locals have numerous stories of apparitions and unusual events.

Bobo Dioulasso Grand Mosque

Hauts-Bassins

Large mosque in Sudano-Sahelian style, built in 1882 (1883?).

Bobo Dioulasso Grand Mosque
Old Niansogoni (Niansoroni)

Cascades

An ancient village that developed in the 12th century AD and is abandoned since the 1980s. Under the cliff overhang have been preserved granaries and other structures that are made from clay. Some of these giant ceramic vessels are ornamented.

Manega Museum

Plateau-Central

Museum of African mysteries including artefacts of unknown cultures, tools of sorcerers and similar items.

Lobi soukala

Sud-Ouest

Group of traditional mud buildings in a large, rectangular compound that is reinforced with a high wall. Here live members of one family. Village has even its own shrine with fetish statues.

Loropéni Ruins

Sud-Ouest

Ruins of a fortified settlement. This gold trade town existed since the 11th century or earlier and was abandoned in the early 19th century. Area is enclosed by a stone wall that is up to 6 m tall.

Bobo-Dioulasso train station

Hauts-Bassins

Ornate train station, built in Sudanese style in the 1930s.

Bani Grand Mosque

Boucle du Mouhoun

Large and ornate mosque in Sudano-Sahelian style. There are seven wonderful mosques in Bani.

Bani Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso
Sya in Bobo-Dioulasso

Hauts-Bassins

Historical center of Bobo-Dioulasso with many structures built in local style. Includes several interesting features including Dafra – sacred pool, where the offerings are consumed by a giant catfish.

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Burkina Faso Art and Culture


Burkina Faso society and culture is an extremely interesting topic of investigation and study. A French-speaking country in West Africa, Burkina Faso has many ethnic groups and tribes that make up the society of the country. Two key elements for the culture of Burkina Faso (a country once known as Upper Volta) are its indigenous masks and dancing.

Burkina Faso (Bradt Travel Guides)


From balafon players in the laidback town of Bobo-Dioulasso to masters of horsemanship further north―plus internationally recognized film, jazz, hip hop, and craft festivals―landlocked Burkina Faso, in the heart of West Africa, has something to offer everyone.


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