About the palace

The must-see attraction of Foumban is the sultan's palace, currently home to the 19th sultan of the Bamoun dynasty. It has a fascinating and well-organised museum containing previous sultans' possessions and great historical insight into the region. Read more...

The Royal Palace of the Sultan of the Bamoun people (one of the biggest ethnic groups in Cameroon), in the town of Foumban, is certainly a place to visit when seeking to learn about the region's past and culture. It was built by Sultan (Mfon), Ibrahim Njoya (1876-1933) in 1917. The palace is the residence of the Bamoun Mfon, as well as those of his wives. Today, a new museum is being constructed directly adjacent the palace. Mfon Ibrahim Njoya is considered the Bamoun's greatest sultan, having accomplished much during his rule. In addition to building the palace, he developed an independant system of writing for his own language called , as well as one for a "court language. " He also contributed much to the education of his people by creating libraries and compiling collections of various documents. In the courtyard of the palace, there is an impressive statue of a mounted Islamic warrior. A major event that takes place once every year in Foumban is the Ngoun Festival.

Foumban city is one of Cameroon’s major attractions and an important centre of traditional African art. Some of the major important things found in the palace include a multitude of royal gowns, arms, musical instruments, statues, jewellery, masks and colourful bead-covered thrones carved in the shapes of the men who sat on them and seat of power for the Bamoun people.

A King of Great Accomplishments

The palace, completed in 1917, resembles a medieval chateau. It houses the Sultan's Museum, which contains a multitude of royal gowns, arms, musical instruments, statues, jewellery, masks and colourful bead-covered thrones carved in the shapes of the men who sat on them.

A few hundred metres south of the palace is the Musée des Arts et des Traditions Bamoun. This extensive collection has exhibits on Bamoun history and art, including cooking implements, musical instruments, pipes, statues, masks, gongs and an ornately carved xylophone.




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