Temple des Pythons, Ouidah

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Drape a sleepy sacred python around your neck and pay extra for a photo opportunity at Temple des Pythons, a shrine for the worship of royal pythons. Housing dozens of these sacred snakes, the temple is maintained by priests of Dangbé, the serpent deity. A guide explains the voodoo ceremonies associated with the shrine, where today you can see Dangbé's ancestors fed regularly, as well as yard for the ceremonial sacrifice of chickens and goats. Look for the ancient tree within the grounds, believed to be 700 years old, and inspect the colorful statues. Use our Ouidah road trip planner to arrange your visit to Temple des Pythons and other attractions in Ouidah.
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  • You can't really spend more than 20 minutes in this place. There is very, very little to see. As you walk in, you pay 1,000CFA to enter or 2,000CFA if you also want to take pictures. There are guides....  more »
  • This is an amazing place if you’re not afraid of snakes. The pythons are harmless. This is a religious site, and you can go inside the temple for some quality time with the pythons. Recommend.  more »
  • Pretty cool! Guide was careful to explain the role of the snakes in his religion. No problem getting plenty of good pictures. Pythons are friendly enough! Exit through the gift/craft shop...although with some careful negotiation you can find a bargain or two!
  • A sacred place that houses the gods of the people of Ouidah in Benin Republic. Having become a place for tourists to stop over to experience the python neck wrap. Opposite the temple is the Basilica, a sharp contrast. The entry fee is a 1000CFA. The art market had an array of lovely pieces as souvenirs.

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