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About Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Between AD 1250 and AD 1450 indigienous Zimbabweans were hard at work building one of the most extraordinary manmade structures. The Great Zimbabwe Ruins are the remains of the rectangular granite stones that were carefully stacked to create a brilliant complex.

Image by Ctsnow

Photo by Ctsnow

When visiting the Great Zimbabwe ruins you can expect to come across three different architectural groups. You'll find the Hill Complex, the Great Enclosure and the Valley Complex.

Image by Damien Farrell

Photo by Damien Farrell

Out of the three different architectural groups that you'll come across at the Zimbabwe Ruins, the Great Enclosure is said to be the largest ancient structure south of the Sahara. That's neat.

Image by Ross Huggett

Photo by Ross Huggett

There is still so much of the Zimbabwe Ruins left to see even though the grantie blocks that the origianl structures were built with were created without mortar. With that in mind, these ruins' 6 m thick and 12 m high walls are in pretty good nick.

Image by Ross Huggett

Photo by Ross Huggett 

The wonder of the Zimbabwe Ruins is spread throughout the country, with locals feeling great pride for the site. You'll actually find that the craft of building with stone is still very much alive in Zimbabwe.

Image by Ross Huggett

Photo by Ross Huggett

For a dose of the historic, a visit to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins should definitely be on your menu.


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