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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Porto Novo

Cathedral today, Mosque tomorrow

Benin's capital, only in name, retains its colonial past in the faded and often crumbling Afro-Brazilian architecture scattered throughout the city. Originally a port for the slave trade, emancipated slaves from Brazil settled in this area.

Our friend and photographer, Jean-Dominque Burton is better able to tell the story of Porto Novo with images. His latest book, Porto Novo, captures the richness of this town that now teeters between its rich history and hopeful future.

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