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Tata Somba

The uniqueness of the Tata Somba architecture has been recognised by UNESCO as a tangible word heritage since 2004. The castle-like two-storey buildings are made from mud and brick and are usually in clusters joined by connecting walls. Traditionally, the ground floor is used for cooking and livestock while the open-air top floor is the bedroom and grain storage. Women are responsible for decorating the walls to represent the scarification patterns of their tribe.

There are several Tata Somba villages which can be found along the road to Boukoumbé, close to Natitingou, in the Atacora region. Homestays can be arranged through local guides.