Monday, April 1, 2013

A City of Stone

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The Great Enclosure of Great Zimbabwe near Masvingo, Zimbabwe.

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The walls of the Great Enclosure are as high as 36 feet (11 meters).  The height is overwhelming and awesome.

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Inside the Great Enclosure is the Conical Tower.
If you look at the first photo above, the Conical Tower is just visible in the left corner of the enclosure.

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The tower's purpose is unknown but there are some theories: representation of a grain bin, symbolizing
harvests and prosperity; a chief's residence; a court for the chief's wives; or a premarital initiation school (whatever that means...)

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The Hill Complex as seen from just outside the Valley Complex.
For some photos of the Hill complex, go here.

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How amazing is this?!! The Hill Complex blends so very perfectly into the landscape that if you didn't know there was an entire fortress and city at the top of this hill, you'd never know.  So very impressive.

Some more information on Great Zimbabwe: a really interesting article.

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