Mbanza Kongo

Mbanza Kongo
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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
Country
Angola
Inscribed
2017
Type
Cultural
Criteria
3 4
Categories
Archaeological site - Civilizations of Sub-Saharan Africa
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2017 Inscribed

2016 Incomplete - not examined

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