The remains of two great East African ports admired by early European explorers are situated on two small islands near the coast. From the 13th to the 16th century, the merchants of Kilwa dealt in gold, silver, pearls, perfumes, Arabian crockery, Persian earthenware and Chinese porcelain; much of the trade in the Indian Ocean thus passed through their hands.

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2 sites in this World Heritage

  • Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani
  • Ruins of Songo Mnara

Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani

Ruins of Songo Mnara

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DATA

Region
Africa
Country
Tanzania 
Category
Cultural
Name
Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Ruins of Songo Mnara
Selection Criteria (?)
(iii)
Year of Registered
1981
Keyword
Registered in 1981, Ruins