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Friday, July 22, 2016

Ruins of Loropeni

Ruins of Loropeni, Burkina Faso (© DGPC Burkina Faso)

Scattered across southwestern BURKINA FASO are about a dozen historic fortified settlements and at least 100 stone enclosures, signifying where the Koulango people established a burgeoning gold mining and trading civilization. While the trans-Saharan gold trade particularly helped Koulango society flourish between the 14th and 17th centuries, stone ruins near the city of Loropéni possibly date back about 1,000 years ago to the 11th century. These ruins are protected as Burkina Faso's only UNESCO World Heritage Site. The height of laterite stone walls can reach up to six meters or almost 20 feet. The UNESCO map below shows the ruins' location — northwest of Loropéni and north of Hobikoko village in an isolated, forested area. More photos and information can be found on UNESCO's webpage, conveniently linked above.

Map of the Ruins of Loropeni and the adjacent city

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