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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Full name: Mbanza Kongo, vestiges of the capital of the former Kingdom of Kongo
Unesco ID: 1511
Criteria: 3 4
- 2017 - Inscribed
- 2016 - Incomplete - not examined
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