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Mbanza Kongo

Mbanza Kongo

Mbanza Kongo, vestiges of the capital of the former Kingdom of Kongo, represents the political and religious centre of a vast African kingdom which was transformed by the arrival of the Portuguese in the late 15th century.

The site (now a town of some 175,000 inhabitants) is located on a plateau. It comprises both archaeological remains of the precolonial period as well as colonial structures – often overlapping each other. The Kingdom of Kongo has strong intangible links with the slave trade and the early conversion of African kings to the Catholic religion.

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Site Info

Full name: Mbanza Kongo, vestiges of the capital of the former Kingdom of Kongo

Unesco ID: 1511

Inscribed: 2017

Type: Cultural

Criteria: 3   4  

Link: By Name By ID

Site History

  • 2017 - Inscribed 
  • 2016 - Incomplete - not examined 

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