The remains of a magnificent 5th-century African empire in Tanzania will leave you dazzled [Photos]

Kilwa Kisiwani is described as the greatest empire to exist in Eastern Africa. Ruins of the island exist in present-day Tanzania on the Indian Ocean. The empire records over 6 decades of existence without Western influence.

The empire is also one of the oldest to have existed in Africa dating back to the 5th century and becoming a thriving port between the 10th to 15th century. During it prosperous years, the Sultan of the empire had full control of the gold in neighbouring Zimbabwe Empire making the empire very wealthy.

The island thrived as a great empire with huge monuments and buildings forming an estate-like community where no one lived in poverty.

Despite being in ruins, many buildings still stand today that give proof of the breathtaking civilisation that puts to…

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