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Kilwa / Kilwa Kisiwani

facts in brief

Part of Braun and Hogenebrg I-53 map
Part of Braun and Hogenebrg I-53 map

Facts in brief:

Oldest of the 3 sites called "Kilwa" in the area; founded by settlers from Arabia & Iran; became critical medieval commercial center; held by Portuguese in 16th cen.; noted for ruins of medieval Portuguese fort & many examples of Islamic architecture.

Kilwa Kisiwani means "Kilwa on the island"

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