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Traditional architecture in Togo


West Africa is a paradise for traditional architecture lovers. Though Mali’s adobe mosques are difficult to beat, in Togo’s far northeast we find the spectacular Koutammakou Valley. Home of the Tamberma people, whose name means 'the real architects of the earth', this remote valley hosts some of Africa’s most beautiful examples of popular adobe architecture. The so-called Tata castles are two-storey homesteads that are constructed entirely in adobe by the Tamberma families. The area has been designated as a World Heritage Site due to its cultural and natural richness. In Middle-Africa we visit the area by crossing the
Benin border in Boukombé.