Emir of Katsina Palace

M. Dikko Road, By IBB Way Junction, Shaiskawa

History of Emir of Katsina Palace

Emir of Katsina Palace.

A symbol of culture, history and traditions of ‘Katsinawa’, the Katsina Royal Palace, also known as Gidan Korau, is a huge complex located in the centre of the ancient city.


This is a very safe location.

  • If you are a female, follow the local customs and cover your hair before heading out
  • What To Bring

    Before heading to Emir of Katsina Palace, here are some helpful things to take along with you:

  • Camera to capture the sights and take selfies with
  • Sun shades and a hat for the heat
  • Best Features

    Said to be built as far back as 1348 by Muhammadu Korau who is believed to be the first Muslim King of Katsina, this is one of the oldest and among the first generation Palaces in Hausaland. Traditionally, it is known as 'Gidau Korau' which means 'House of Korau'. Although now extinct, the Palace was encircled with a rampart called ‘Ganuwar Gidan Sarki’. The main gate which leads to the Palace is known as ‘Kofar Soro’ while the gate at the backyard is called ‘Kofar Bai’, which is also now extinct. The Emir’s residential quarters which is the epicenter of the Palace, is a large compound built in the typical Hausa traditional architecture.

    Writer's Review

    Coming over during one of the festivals celebrations held here is a must. The sights of the palace in their colorful regalias, the palace guards and staff, the Emir himself in all his glory, the sights and sound of merriment for the locals, all these guarantee a truly incredible insight to the lives of those that call the Katsina Emirate home.


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    M. Dikko Road, By IBB Way Junction, Shaiskawa



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