Beauty and the rocks: Idanre Hills
The hills of Idanre are found in Ondo State in the southwest of Nigeria, about 300 kilometres from Lagos. The hills are about 680 steps from the bottom to the peak and have mysterious handwritings etched into the rock, which has never been decoded.
It includes such cultural sites as “Owa’s Palace, Shrines, Old Court, Belfry, Agbooogun footprint, thunder water (Omi Apaara) and burial mounds and grounds”. On the hill is a magical footprint that fits any foot put in it.
On getting to the entrance of the hill you will see a great tree at the entrance of the ancient city of Idanre called the IRAYE TREE, then you can now get prepared to take the steps to the great city beyond the hills of Idanre.
The town of Idanre has other historical sites, including the building of the first primary school built in 1896 which still stands, as well as a law court and adjoining prison built in 1906 by colonialists. There the inner court of the Oba’s palace is also an interesting place for tourists, with its various sculptures, crafted many years ago. The Idanre hill was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in October 2007, in the cultural category.
Are you in Nigeria or visiting any time soon? Consider visiting Idanre town.