13 Historical Places in Nigeria for tourist

There are numerous historical places in Nigeria. These historical sites serve as landmarks and monuments in Nigeria with stories that are passed down from different generation to generation.

Historical places in Nigeria to Visit

Here are some historical places in Nigeria:

  1. Historical places in Nigeria: Oduduwa Grove                                                                                                 This Grove can also be called Oduduwa World Temple is found in Ile-Ife, Osun State. The site is famous for being the point where Oduduwa, the mythical progenitor of the Yoruba race came with a chain. He initiated Ile Ife, which later became his final dwelling place.
  2. Historical Places in Nigeria: Emir of Kano Palace                                                                                       The Kano Emirate, situated in Kano State, is an outdated state in Northern Nigeria with the headquarters in the city of Kano which is also the capital of Kano State. Led by the Emirate of Kano, the Council was established in 1903. Kano has several ancient culture and development and the Emir of Kano’s palace can testify to that.

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  1. Historical Places in Nigeria: Ogbunike Caves                                                                                         Ogbunike Caves, is found in Ogbunike Anambra State, are an assembly of caves that have been in existence for centuries by the indigenes of the village. To them, it acts has spiritual and historic significance. It also serves as a tourist attraction.
  2. Historical Places in Nigeria: Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS)                                                                         Tafawa Balewa Square, can be found in Lagos State, is a ceremonial ground erected in 1972. The entrance to the square has huge sculptures of four white horses directly above the gate and seven red eagles, which indicate Strength and Dignity individually. It has can occupy about 50,000 people and it is being used for different activities.
  1. Historical Places in Nigeria: The Walls of Benin City                                                                            The Walls of Benin, is found in Benin City Edo State, the defunct Kingdom of Benin used it as defence. It is now Benin City, the capital of Edo state. It is considered the major man-made structure lengthwise and also the largest earthwork in the world. The construction was predicted to have begun in 800.

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  1. Historical Places in Nigeria: The Walls of Kano                                                                                 The Ancient Kano City Walls, is situated in Kano Statewere erected to guard and defend the residents of the ancient city of Kano. The erection of the wall started in 1095 and was finished in the middle of the 14th century. This 14km radius earth monument has a cultural, spiritual, and historical significance.
  2. Historical Places in Nigeria: The First Story Building in Nigeria                                                                   The First Storey Building in Nigeria is situated in Badagry, Lagos. The building foundation was placed in 1842 and the house was finalized in 1845.  This ancient structure was founded by Reverend Henry Townsend of the Church Missionary Society (CMS).

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  1. Historical Places in Nigeria: National War Museum                                                                                       The aim of the National War Museum situated in Umuahia Abia State is to reminisce the ugly occurrence of wars and the process of national resolution and healing. This museum houses relics from diverse wars including the Nigerian Civil War, Niger Delta battles.
  2. Historical Places in Nigeria: Erin-Ijesha/Olumirin Waterfall                                                                   Olumirin represent “another deity.” The Olumirin waterfall sited in Erin-Ijesha Osun State was revealed in 1140 AD by Akinla, a granddaughter of Oduduwa when the people of Ife were traveling to Erin-Ijesha. Akinla was also known to have created the Erin-Ijesha town. It attracted about 50,000 visitors in 2014, which makes it the most visited tourist attraction that year. The indigenes regard the waterfall as a holy site and a means of liberating their souls.
  3. Historical Places in Nigeria: The Ancient Nok Settlement                                                                            The Nok Culture, is located in Jaba Kaduna State, give the idea in northern Nigeria around 1000 BC and died out under mysterious situations around 500 AD.  All over the world, time immemorial from the Ancient Nok Settlement are seen in museums and galleries. It was in the Nok Settlement that the Terracotta figurine was discovered.

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  1. Historical Places in Nigeria: Oke Idanre (Idanre Hills)                                                                                   Oke Idanre (Idanre Hills), is situated in Idanre Ondo State, is the most common tourist site in Ondo state and one of the loveliest natural landscapes in Nigeria. It includes such cultural sites as “Owa’s Palace, Shrines, Old Court, Belfry, Agbooogun footprint, thunder water (Omi Apaara) and burial mounds and grounds. It has 660 steps, and it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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  1. Historical Places in Nigeria: Slave Museum                                                                                                   The Slave Museum, is sited in Calabar Cross-River State, displays local slave markets. It comprises the materials used during the slave trade, including shackles and chains, and the diversity of currencies used to buy people, such as copper bars, brass bells, and flutes. Calabar was a major slave port during the Slave Trade days and this museum houses many historical elements.
  2. Historical Places in Nigeria: Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove                                                                          Osun-Osogbo Grove, is found in Osogbo Osun State, is a holy forest along the banks of the Osun river. This is the only tourist destination in Nigeria that has sacred shrines, sanctuaries, sculptures, and artworks that are created in honour of the goddess of fertility, Osun.