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BAFUT PALACE

BAFUT PALACE
Bafut, Cameroon
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BACKGROUND

Bafut Palace is located in the heart of the Bafut kingdom in northwest Cameroon. The palace has been the fulcrum of political power for over 400 years, and is still a center for religious rites and traditional ceremonies. The site comprises over 50 buildings arranged around a central shrine, which are used by the Fon (king), his wives, and the royal court. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

The houses that form the outer perimeter of the site were rebuilt in the early twentieth century following a disastrous fire, and are constructed of fired brick with clay roof tiles, revealing both vernacular and German colonial architectural influences. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Bafut Palace stands at the center of the Bafut community. Not only does it represent many centuries of history, bearing witness to the power and importance of the Bafut people, it also remains the site of very significant traditional ceremonies and religious rites. It embodies Bafut cultural identity.

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IN WMF JOURNAL
Bafut Palace, Cameroon

Field Mission to Bafut Palace

Stephen Battle, WMF’s Program Specialist for African Architectural Heritage, embarks on a field mission to inspect the ongoing conservation work at Bafut Palace.

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