Great Zimbabwe National Monument

Great Zimbabwe National Monument

Great Zimbabwe National Monument
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This is now the great capital of great significance ancient monument south of the Sahara; in Africa it is second in size and importance to the Egyptian Pyramids. The towering stone houses Dzimba Dzamabwe were home of 2000 Shona speaking people that prospered between 12th and 15th centuries and it's 270 hectares in size. That's where the beautiful stylish fish eagle was found i.e, the Zimbabwe bird on the national flag. The country was later on named Zimbabwe derived from the ruins. Every structure was built using a dry stone technique- entirely without mortar-involving millions of stones, each one supporting another.
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Klaus G
Pretoria, South Africa1,047 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The site which consists of the hill top where the king lived, the valley complex and the enclosure give an insight into the culture and life of the inhabitants some 600 years ago. The museum although limited in scope and content, does give some insight into the history and artifacts of the site. But take cash along, US$ as they often have no credit card facilities.
Written February 13, 2020
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LFCKOPITE4EVER
Rancho Mirage, CA239 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
To better immerse in the history of old Zimbabwe visit this site. The Shona culture is well characterized across this immense and impressive set of ruins. Most fascinating is the physical marriage of manmade structure to natural surroundings. In places it is as compelling as many other world-famous ruins. We were assigned Gift as guide at the entrance (yes, Gift :)) and he added much to the story which also comprises Khami to the east. Thanks again to Bonisa Excursions and Lesley as multi-day guide and driver. +263 77 755 1142
Written August 8, 2022
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Milton Peta
Harare, Zimbabwe31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Business
I always used to admire the national monument virtually. On this occasion as part of the workshop excursion, we visited the Great Zimbabwe ruins. The creativity, art and witty innovations that stood the test of time in this national heritage are just amazing. It reminded me of my visit to the Great Egyptian Pyramids of Giza, and thought provoked we have an equally good national asset to share with the world: show case our cultural identity, cuisine, tenasity, creativity, richness, amongst others. If you haven't been here, this is a must visit
Written February 20, 2021
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CarolGorillaLinkTours
Kampala, Uganda1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
I visited The Great Zimbabwe National Monument in 2019. We were a group and we were driven to the starting point to the monument where we were met by one of the most professional guides of the site who was so knowledgeable about the site. It is a very historical place that I cannot explain every detail about. You need to go visit to understand how great it it.
Written May 16, 2020
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Terence R
Macheke, Zimbabwe42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Great Zimbabwe is foundational to the Shona culture. I was fortunate to have an excellent guide - Mr Champion. He explained the whole site (which is massive and impressive) as we walked round. He was knowledgeable and clear; his English was excellent. The only disappointment was that the cafe was closed, and the shop had almost no stock to sell.
Written June 19, 2022
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EaSu
Earth1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2011
This was the home of Enki, on the north side of the Abzu, which is South Africa. It has NOTHING to do with 12 th century or ANY century. This is the home of one of our creators....this is where they set up the gold mining (mono atomic).....OR DOES NOBODY UNDERSTAND OUR HISTORY?? Too much federally paid for education i guess. I wish people would stop reading false history and stating it as fact.
Written June 17, 2011
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Benjy
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe60 contributions
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Aug 2018 • Family
A masterpiece of ancient Rozvi people architecture. Unbelievable civil works and enginuinity applied desmostrating modern warfare strategic thinking. The great enclosure walls and spy cone resemblance great military strategy which was adopted. The retreating hiding place placed on top of the mountain with its artifacts , trapping hiding places would them advantage to oncoming enemies. A must view for all visiting Zimbabwe
Written August 21, 2018
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Global_Travel_Star
43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015
Knowing more about the cultural heritage of the native people of this region was an important part of my visit to Zimbabwe. Great Zimbabwe is an understated treasure. The locale is so lovely in these rolling hills with large lakes nearby. The compound show how people lived long before negative outside influences. It is great that the nation is preserving this valuable part of history.
Written March 5, 2016
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rtwilson1
Burkesville, KY162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Friends
We were on a mission holding crusades and had some free time one morning and decided to visit the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. Excellent guide, nice pace, informative and fun, but I am a history major...
Written March 31, 2012
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Thank you very much for the review and for sure its a place to be
Written August 22, 2012
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Raymond W
Townsville, Australia4,551 contributions
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Nov 2010 • Couples
There are dozens of ancient stone ruins from Zimbabwe's pre-colonial past, making it one of Africa's most compelling historical destinations. Yet Great Zimbabwe is by far the most impressive and beautiful of these, rating as easily Southern Africa's foremost historical attraction. Set outside the sleepy country town of Masvingo, Great Zimbabwe consists of two main parts- 'The Acropolis', which occupies a hilltop position overlooking the site and The Enclosure below, which was home to the king of a mighty African kingdom. This was one of medieval Africa's great cities, with a population of between 10,000 to 20,000 people. The small site museum with its fragments of Ming porcelain reveal that it had trade links across the Indian Ocean with Asia. Today is a quiet, peaceful place, lulled by the coo of wood-doves. The city may once have had a sacred function and it has a certain spiritual feel even today.
Written August 23, 2011
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