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A town in the Republic of the Congo, Mbé is located in the Ngabe District of the Department of Pool, approximately 200 km northeast of Brazzaville.

Site Description

The royal domain of Mbé was composed of various sites related to the culture and the history of the Bateke people. The capital and residence of the Makoko (king) was also referred to as Mbé.

The Kingdom knew ceaseless displacements throughout its history. The precolonial Bateke cultural tradition, indeed, required the displacement of the capital “Mbé” whenever a king died suddenly.

World Heritage Status

This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on June 12, 2008 in the Cultural category.[1]


  1. ^ Domaine royal de Mbé - UNESCO World Heritage Centre

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