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This pagoda shaped building is called Bell king's palace after the Bell dynasty who used to rule the Littoral area where Douala is located.

This palace is located in Bonanjo, downtown Douala, close to the place where I live. I made a stop there this morning and had a picture. I was thinking about this stop for about three weeks but the weather was quite bad so when I saw few rays of light this morning, I could not miss that opportunity to drive around.

The Bell king (Lobe Bebe Bele Ba Doo) was one of the 4 main kings who ruled the actual Douala together with Kings Akwa, Priso and Ekwalla. Each of them did rule a specific area of the actual Douala respectively called Bonanjo, Bonaberi, Akwa and Deido. They were dealing with the European people within a court called "court of Equity" which was set up in 1856.

The building itself was built in 1905.

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