Royal Palace of Tiebele, Burkina Faso 

Royal Palace of Tiebele is located in Tiebele. It couldn’t be easier to arrange your visit to Royal Palace of Tiebele and many more Tiebele attractions.

The patterns on the buildings within the Cour Royale de Tiébélé, which are usually painted by women, are an important example of the Kassena cultural legacy. Traditional designs are created by hand in black, white, and red colors, with lacquer prepared from beans. Adorning the walls with these artistic creations is a community activity, with upwards of 15 women working on any given building. It isn’t just houses that receive this special treatment. Mausoleums for the dead are decorated too.

The architecture of the buildings themselves is typical of the larger Gurunsi ethnic group. The walls are thick and have minimal windows, for defense against both people and climate. The buildings were historically created using soil, straw, and cow dung, though nowadays mud, brick, and stone are the more common materials of choice.

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