Weekly Photo Challenge : Broken

The very intricate carving on this pulpit looks a bit the worse for wear, and a little bit broken, probably because of its age!   It is a plaster cast of a pulpit designed by Giovanni Pisano way back in 1302.

Old pulpit at the V & A

Old pulpit at the V & A

Another ancient monument, which may look like a heap of broken ruins, is something that has also stood the test of time.    Great Zimbabwe, which was built between the 11th and 13th centuries is  the largest collection of ruins in Africa.

Even if something is broken, it can still be a thing of beauty

Great Zimbabwe

Great Zimbabwe

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge : Construction

My photos for this challenge were taken recently on a trip to Great Zimbabwe, in Zimbabwe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that dates back to the 11th century or earlier, and was once the King’s palace in the Kingdom of Zimbabwe.    The place was built of stone, layer upon layer, by hand, without any of the modern conveniences, or even mortar to keep the walls together, and a lot of the construction work is still standing!

Great Zimbabwe, the house of stone

Great Zimbabwe, the house of stone

Someone left some huge rocks lying around!

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Scale

The Great Enclosure at Great Zimbabwe

The Great Enclosure at Great Zimbabwe

The picture above of the wall of the Great Enclosure at Great Zimbabwe National Monument, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Zimbabwe, gives some idea of the enormity and scale of the high wall.   The Great Enclosure, has walls as high as 36 feet (11 m) extending approximately 820 feet (250 m), making it the largest ancient structure south of the Sahara Desert.

Great Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe means ‘house of stone’)  was once an 11th century trading post and artefacts have been found on the site which were Chinese, Persian and Syrian, and would have been traded in exchange for gold and other minerals found in the area.

Inside the Great Enclosure

Inside the Great Enclosure

This is another view from inside the Enclosure, where two tall men are dwarfed by the height of the walls, which have been standing for many centuries, even though they were built without any mortar.

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