A striking example of the indigenous earth architecture, the minaret was built approximately 300 years ago from baked clay and mud and is said to have been originally over 400 feet. It is believed to have been used for surveillance purposes as its height would have enabled warriors to see enemies advancing on the city and that the Sarkin Katsina Koran offered tempting gifts to any muezzin who could climb to the top of the tower to call people to prayer.
Established in 1921 the museum is housed on the premises of Old Katsina Training College established. It was declared an ancient Hiistorical Monument and a National Museum in 1989. It houses archaeological materials from different areas of the state.
Kusugu is where a giant snake called Sarki which only allowed the people of Daura to draw water from the well once a week was killed with a sword by Bayajida in the tenth century. The well and the sword are still intact and can be seen by tourists.
The act was undertaken because the snake only allowed the people of Daura to draw water from the well once a week. The well and the sword are still intact and can be seen by tourists.
The palace was constructed with traditional building materials and in the architectural style of Northern Nigeria and dates back to the early nineteenth century.
Built using traditional architectural designs, the Emir's palace is a huge tourist attraction in the city of Katsina.
Established in 1921, the museum is located at the premises of the old Katsina Training College. It was declared an Ancient Historical Monument and a National Museum in 1989. It houses archaeological artefacts from different areas of the state.
Opened in 1921, the Old Training College in Katsina was built with red-baked city mud and clay. It is the oldest teacher-training college in Northern Nigeria. The college counts Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello among its graduates. It was declared a Historic Monument on April 23, 1959.
The Durbar (military parade) festival dates back hundreds of years to when the northern emirates used horses in warfare. During this period, each town, district and nobility household was expected to contribute a regiment to the defence of the emirate. Once or twice a year, the emirate military chiefs invited the various regiments to participate in a durbar for the emir and his chiefs. During the parade, regiments would showcase their horsemanship, their preparedness for war and their loyalty to the emirate. Today the Durbar has become a festival celebrated in honour of visiting heads of state and at the culmination of the two great Muslim festivals: Id-el Fitri (commemorating the end of the holy month of Ramadan) and Id-el Kabir (commemorating Prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifice of a ram instead of his son).
Jaci is a small village located in the Mani LGA. It lies along a major waterway popularly known as "Fadamar Jaci". Muhammadu Dikko, a former emir of Katsina, began the Jaci fishing festival around 1905 when he was the District Head of Mani. He was said to have developed an interest in the site which he visited annually for fishing and hunting in the dry season.
After his death, his successor Alhaji Sir Usman Nagogo continued the tradition initiated by his father, visiting the site every year in the company of the British colonial officials living in Katsina. During the annual gathering, fishermen converged at the site from different parts of the Katsina Province and from the neighbouring Republic of Niger. Shortly before the death of Usman Nagogo, the festival ceased temporarily until it was revived in 2000.
Kallon Kuwa is a post-harvest youth cultural festival. Its name is derived from Kallon Kowa which means "viewing for all" in Hausa. The festival started around 1935 and takes place annually in various villages, including Shinkafi, Dankanjiba, Dutsen Safe and Rimin Guza. It is held to express happiness for the successful completion of the cropping season and to celebrate the coming of "Kaka" - a time of prosperity in terms of abundant food and increased economic and social activities. It is a time of leisure, entertainment and the promotion of cultural traditions after a long period of farming and also provides an opportunity for the youth to choose marriage partners.
One of the most important activities which takes place during the early stages of Kallon Kuwa is a kind of drama in which the youth imitate the Hausa traditional form of authority, which emphasises the role of the Sarki (king) as the political head of the community as well as the custodian of the people's culture. Traditional wrestling, boxing, singing and dancing also take place.