Can you imagine living the experience of visiting a city wrapped in speculations, legends and colonial miseries?
Well, today we will tell you about a mystical place located on the plateau that dominates the upper reaches of the Sabi River, in present-day Zimbabwe, the largest archaeological site in sub-Saharan Africa, Great Zimbabwe. City to which this country owes its name.
The spectacular nature of the ruins, together with the objects that have been found in them, testify to the splendor of a city that was probably the political and economic center of southern Africa in the Middle Ages, although there is no evidence of it; demonstrating in the same way that ancestral Africa reached a level of civilization unsuspected by the first scholars.
The complexes and stone enclosures, from the 11th to the 14th centuries, are not gigantic, and this allows us to look at details that would otherwise go unnoticed. And it is that the enclosure still preserves part of its splendor, such as the Conical Tower or the views of the ruins from the royal enclosures. Among its other buildings, the royal palace stands out, a huge construction built with stones and without cement.
In fact, its grandeur made 19th century European historians refuse to believe that it was of African origin. And yet this medieval city, which had between 10,000 and 20,000 inhabitants, was the capital of a Bantu civilization that ruled much of southern Africa.
It was named a Unesco World Heritage Site, which you will certify when you walk through the Parallel Corridor and its soaring stone walls that curve in a blind spot or, when you see the sunsets, that when the sun sinks behind the walls of the largest city medieval sub-Saharan Africa, a medieval art mural is created.