The Chiefdom of Bafut, UNESCO, Cameroon 

Chiefdom is a group consisting of a Palace, a sacred forest adjoining the residence of the Chief Superior, a residence of the hosts overlooking the Chefferie, places of worship, two women’s quarters, lodges of secret societies, all constituting about fifty bungalows.

Most of these houses are built of terracotta bricks with tiled roofs. At the center of the Ensemble is the Achum, the most important element from an architectural and religious point of view. It is intended for ancestor worship and was rebuilt around 1910, after its destruction by the Germans in 1907. It is one of the oldest traditional architectural works in Cameroon today.

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