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Photographer's Note

This is not a painting or a sculpture or any other kind of art in the usual sense, it is just a close look at a wall at Great Zimbabwe, a UNESCO world heritage from which the former Rhodesia took its present name at independence in 1980.

Great Zimbabwe is one of Zimbabwe's five UNESCO world heritage sites. Among the others I have only seen Victoria Falls.

To describe Great Zimbabwe I might as well quote directly from the UNESCO web site:

"The Great Zimbabwe ruins with its massive curving walls, constructed from millions of granite blocks fitted together without mortar, hosts the largest stone structures south of the pyramids.

Great Zimbabwe, which means "houses of stone", is an ancient city situated 30 kilometers from Masvingo, Zimbabwe. Awe inspiring, majestic and timeless, these structures were built by indigenous African people between AD 1250 and AD 1450. At the height of its power, Great Zimbabwe had over 18,000 inhabitants. Great Zimbabwe was a main trading center and associated with gold trading. Fragments of Persian and Chinese pottery have also been found at this ancient site.

The two main enclosures are the Hill Complex, on the steep-sided granite hill and the land below this hill where the Valley Enclosures and the Great Enclosure are situated. The stone walls, up to six meters thick and twelve meters high, are built of granite blocks without the use of mortar".


I don't remember in which part of the site I took this photo in 1984. It may have been in the Hill Complex, where I am also fairly sure that the WS photo was taken.

More than ten years ago I posted a photo and a WS from the relatively better known Great Enclosure.

The weather was not very good on the day of my visit. It was very cloudy and fairly dark, which affected my photos and subsequently the scans. But I would never have wanted to be without the experience of seeing this magical place. Because of the uncharming weather I was virtually alone, having the entire place almost for myself, sharing it only with a large number of birds and baboons. No busloads of tourists, no guides carrying flags what a wonderful day!

Here is a larger version.

As usual these photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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