Sunday, November 6, 2016

Idanre Hills - Nigeria

Idanre Hills is not a UNESCO WHS but that can happen one day because the site is already on the Tentative List. 

The historic Idanre hills represent one of the wonders of nature and a marvelous tourist attraction. Located in the ancient town of Idanre, South-West, Nigeria, this destination is so strategically located at about 15km southwest of Akure, the state capital.
There is the ancient town, which is at the hill top and the new settlement at the hill. 

Old Idanre Town is said to be 800 years old and the hills can be reached by 667 steps with spectacular views overlooking the new town of Idanre. 
The Idanre hills, which are steep-sided, smooth and dome-shape in nature, present an awe-inspiring sight. The different hills were named after some historical figures in the socio-cultural evolution of Idanre land. 
Idanre Hills in the past offered protection against invaders and are worshipped annually. The cultural relics in terms of gods, goddesses and traditional arts crafts can still be seen in addition to the old palace built around the 17th century.
To get to the top of the hill, tourists will have to climb 667 steps with five resting posts along the steps where tourists can take a rest. The steps and resting places had been reconstructed while the notable historical monuments such as the old primary school, native court, the mausoleum, the Owa’s secretary’s office, the Oloris’ quarters and the ancient palace had all been restored. - in:

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