Ancient heritage site in Burkina Faso
|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
Remains of defensive walls, May 2016
|Location||Loropéni, Loropéni Department, Poni Province, Sud-Ouest Region, Burkina Faso|
|Inscription||2009 (33rd session)|
|Area||1.113 ha (0.00430 sq mi)|
|Buffer zone||278.4 ha (1.075 sq mi)|
The ruins of Loropéni are an ancient heritage site near the town of Loropéni in southern Burkina Faso. They were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2009. These ruins are the country's first World Heritage site. The site, which spans 11,130 square metres (119,800 sq ft), includes an array of stone walls that comprised an ancient fortress, the best preserved of ten in the area. They date back at least a thousand years. The settlement was occupied by the Lohron or Kulango people and prospered from the trans-Saharan gold trade, reaching its height between the 14th and 17th centuries AD. It was abandoned in the early 19th century.
- "Ruins of Loropéni". UNESCO World Heritage List. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
Place in Sud-Ouest, Burkina Faso
Department in Poni Province, Burkina Faso
Ruins of Loropéni
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