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Great Zimbabwe

The capital of Zimbabwe during the Iron Age (1100 to 1450), Great Zimbabwe was home to the royal palace and some 18,000 people. At some point the city was abandoned, and now it stands empty and ruined, with its most prominent features being the mighty stone walls that reach 16 feet (5m) high, and the famous Zimbabwean Birds that were perched on top of eight monoliths around the city. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruins are majestic and impressive, and form the largest ancient structure south of the Sahara Desert.