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A trip to Gedi Ruins

Ashes of an ancient arab city in the middle of the forest

29-07-2020 di redazione

Gede is located between Malindi and Kilifi, in the coastal region of Kenya, 94 km north of the city of Mombasa.
Its ruins tell of historical un'insediamento, one of the oldest in the coastal area of ​​East Africa which has remained track. The town, which seems would host 3,000 people, was abandoned in the late 1500s the abandonment causes uncertain, but it is likely that it was an attack of the dreaded Somali Galla tribes, driven out of Malindi, destroying a large part of that civilization.
In previous centuries it appeared as a fortified citadel, consists entirely of rocks and stones, inhabited by people of Arab origin Swahili. Its inhabitants had trade relations with the Middle East and India, and the riches of its dignitaries were huge.
Now the ruins of Gede (Gedi Ruins) have become a national museum, and what remains underground plant is surrounded by a forest of beautiful native plants, with many baobab and tamarind.
It's worth a walk and a visit more for the outline for the real historical value of the remains. Among a tomb and a portal, it can sometimes jump out of a monkey, or some of the old wells can resonate the direction of an owl.
The historic town of Gede occupied a very large area, about 44 hectares of land and had two large walls that enclosed it.
The interior walls were the neighborhood where the rich lived. The outer wall enclosed in 18-hectare farmland and plantations also included with a number of mud huts and makuti for the poor farmers.
Inside the main wall is a coral tomb with the date engraved in beautiful Arabic calligraphy, dated 1399. From the tomb, you can see the Great Mosque with a spectacular deep well, known as the "Well of the Great Mosque" that must It has been used for ablutions and is still visible. On the other side of the mosque is the tomb of imam with large octagonal pillar.
Also in the forest, you can see the royal palace from the 15th century and the rooms of the women, who had no windows, no doors to other rooms that are believed to have been used by the nobles to preserve gold and jewels. The only way to get in those rooms was through a secret passage from the roof.replica audemars piguet
In 1927, the historic town of Gede was declared a historical monument and began excavations and subsequent conservation work was carried out in order to bring to light the areas of historical interest of the i settlement.

PHOTO Leni Frau

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