The stone kingdom of the Great Zimbabwe; Lex Vambe; Zimbabwe News

Zimbabwe – Great Zimbabwe National Monument

In the southeastern hills of Zimbabwe, not too far from Lake Mutirikwe, visitors will find one of the most stunning historical monuments in Africa; The UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Great Zimbabwe.

The ruins of the Great Zimbabwe are said to be the capital of the Queen of Sheba, at least that is what the legend claims. Instead, it is believed that members of the Gokomere culture, ancient relatives of today’s modern Shona people are the ones who constructed the stone edifices.

The ruins form three distinctive architectural groups, the Hill Complex, the Valley Complex and the Great Enclosure. The Hill Complex is the oldest and was occupied from the 9th to the 13th centuries. The Great Enclosure was occupied from the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries and the Valley Complex from the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries.

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