Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Meaning ''great house of stone'' Great Zimbabwe Monument gives its name to the country and also its national symbol, the Zimbabwe Bird, the original gold artifacts of which were found within the Great Zimbabwe ruins.

About The Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Meaning ''great house of stone'' Great Zimbabwe Monument gives its name to the country and also its national symbol, the Zimbabwe Bird, the original gold artifacts of which were found within the Great Zimbabwe ruins.

Great Zimbabwe stands as the most important archaeological site yet found in sub-Saharan Africa. Though historians are still seeking answers about the origin and purpose of the city, evidence suggests the Shona, ancestors of the modern Bantu, built it and that it served as a spiritual centre.

Fashioned, it is believed between 1250 and 1450 AD, from regular rectangular granite blocks skilfully placed one upon the other gives without the use of tools, gives you an idea of stone masonry few if any could emulate today. This World Heritage Site is a unique historical, cultural and archaeological landmark with many unusual artefacts including the Zimbabwe bird (a national emblem and the subject of its own myths and legends) to be found there.

Some of the huts and buildings in the monument are said to have been constructed during the 11th century by the ancestors of the Shona people. There are many granite walls all around Great Zimbabwe but there is one that stands out: the Great Enclosure. It has walls that extend more than 800 feet.

Great Zimbabwe Monument is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.