Explore the Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani

Click and rotate to discover the beaches and ruins of this ancient port city

By CyArk

The Great Mosque

This impressive structure remains the oldest standing mosque on the East African Coast and bears testimony to the Islamification of East Africa around the 10th century. 

It is one of many mosques on the site and remains important to the local community who live and work among the ruins.

Click to explore the Great Mosque in 3D:

Great Mosque - Kilwa Kisiwani, From the collection of: CyArk
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Gereza Fort

Built on the site of an earlier fort built by the Portuguese, the Gereza fort was rebuilt during the Omani period in the 1800's. 

The Malindi Mosque

The Malindi mosque is one of the most threatened structures at Kilwa Kisiwani and is expereincing rapid decay due to erosion. 

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Discover how CyArk uses 3D documentation to empower local experts.

Find out more about ICOMOS' efforts to increase engagement of cultural heritage in climate action here.

Credits: Story

Dr William Megarry, ICOMOS, and Lecturer in Archaeology, School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen’s University Belfast.

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