This beautiful 500 year old village of Ganvie was built on Lake Nokoue, by the Tofino people, during the 16th century. They built the lake village to escape the Fon tribe, who were hunting and selling other tribesman to the Portuguese. The Fon were not allowed to enter large bodies of water for religious reasons.
The entire village stands on slits in the middle of the lake, with the exception of the village school which stands on a patch of land. Ganvie was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List in October 31, 1996, in the Cultural Category.