Sukur Cultural Landscape

Sukur Village

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Sukur Cultural Landscape.

Sukur Cultural Landscape is Africa's first cultural landscape to receive World Heritage List inscription.


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This is a hilltop settlement which consists of the Palace of the Hidi, villages, and the remains of an iron industry, which earned it a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999\. Sukur is an ancient settlement with a recorded history of iron smelting technology, flourishing trade, and strong political institution dating back to the 16th century.

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The revered position of the Hidi as the political and spiritual head of the community is underscored by the magnificent dry stone architectural work of his palace, in and around which is a concentration of shrines, some ceramic. The villages situated on low lying ground below the Hidi Palace also have their own characteristic indigenous architecture.

  • The cultural landscape of Sukur is eloquent testimony to a strong and continuing spiritual and cultural tradition that has endured for many centuries-UNESCO
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