Husuni Kubwa Palace, Kilwa, Tanzania - Reconstruction

Illustration

Jan van der Crabben
by Budget Direct
published on 14 May 2021
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The island of Kilwa Kisiwani was one of the most important sultanates in the Swahili Coast trade network, linking East Africa to the Arabic world. For over 300 years, gold and ivory passed out of its ports, while Chinese silk and porcelain flowed in. The 14th-century palace at Husuni Kubwa is just one of many coral stone ruins that dot the island.

Husuni Kubwa was built by Sultan al-Hasan ibn Sulaiman. It had over 100 rooms, an octagonal swimming pool, and a staging area for loading goods onto ships. Husuni Kubwa, along with other elite Kilwa dwellings, was also equipped with indoor plumbing.

This reconstruction was commissioned by Budget Direct, a travel insurance company.

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Direct, B. (2021, May 14). Husuni Kubwa Palace, Kilwa, Tanzania - Reconstruction. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/14025/husuni-kubwa-palace-kilwa-tanzania---reconstructio/

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Direct, Budget. "Husuni Kubwa Palace, Kilwa, Tanzania - Reconstruction." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified May 14, 2021. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/14025/husuni-kubwa-palace-kilwa-tanzania---reconstructio/.

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Direct, Budget. "Husuni Kubwa Palace, Kilwa, Tanzania - Reconstruction." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 14 May 2021. Web. 19 Oct 2021.