World Heritage Sites in Burkina Faso


The Ruins of Loropeni

(10.250 N 3.583 W)

Ten fortresses with imposing stone walls in the Lobi area is part of a larger group of 100 stone enclosures that remain from the trans-Saharan gold trade. The ruins are at least 1,000 years old. The settlement was occupied by the Lohron or Koulango peoples, who controlled the extraction and transformation of gold in the region when it reached its apogee from the 14th to the 17th century.



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Last updated: August 22, 2012