Kilwa Kisiwani City
An island located off the coast of East Africa in today southern Tanzania, Kilwa flourished as an independent city-state from the 12th to 15th century CE as it had full control of the gold coming in from neighboring Zimbabwe Empire making it very wealthy.


Kilwa boasted of fine stone buildings, a huge palace complex and wooden doors that demonstrated the advancement and sophistication in its architecture. Its many forts, mosques, and trading centers were vastly admired by Arab merchants and Portuguese traders.

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