Originally built in the 12th century, the present-day structure of Gede Ruins dates from the 15th and 16th century. This site features large stone houses in addition to a mosque and palace; researchers believe that the town--which remained undiscovered until the 1940s--once supported 2,500 people. The walled city represents a medieval Swahili settlement that likely covered and also features a pillar tomb, which signified a man of importance was buried there. Plan to see Gede Ruins and other attractions that appeal to you using our Gede route planner.
Gede Ruins reviews
Well worth a visit, although they make it hard to find through lack of signage. There are two turns you need to make which are not sign posted. We had a fun hour with Khamisi who certainly now his... more »
Our guide was enthusiastic, multilingual and knew so much about the history of the site dropping interesting tit bits of information about this historical monument. The site is well preserved and... more »
Good get away.
Veiled in luxuriant rainforest, Gedi was one of the primordial Arab towns along the East African Coast .The town was possibly built in 15th Century. The Gede derelicts holds historical coral-stone houses ,and the Great Mosque .Here the pillar tombs have been discovered .The Gedi ruined houses exhibit a traditional Swahili style, and some have aged drawings on their plaster walls. Antique Ming Chinese, Spanish Scissors, Swahili Artifacts and glazed earthenware from Persia show luxury and trade links for those who prospered here.Over the years, thousands of visitors have flocked flock to see the wonder of Gede.
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