The ruins of Loropeni include an array of stone walls that comprise an ancient fortress, the best preserved of ten in the area. Situated near the borders of Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Togo, the ruins are believed to date back to a thousand years.

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According to UNESCO  the ruins consist of imposing, tall, laterite stone perimeter walls, up to six metres in height, surrounding a large abandoned settlement.

The settlement was occupied by the Lohron or Koulango people, who controlled the extraction and transformation of gold in the region when it reached till the 17th century. The UN also reports that mystery surrounds this site large parts of which have yet to be excavated.

Watch, the Ruins of Loropéni , a video by UNESCO and NHK.

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