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Topic: Early African Architecture/Ruins
Posted By: Askia
Subject: Early African Architecture/Ruins
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 04:31
I thought I'd post some early sub saharan african architecture/ruins. Hope you enjoy. 

Mosque in Burkina Faso
 

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Posted By: medenaywe
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 09:12
go up again and try to edit your post!But i think you have to had proper number of posts,10 or 50~
Regards Askia!Smile


Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:09
Thanks brah. 


Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:12
Cameroon




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Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:13
Kano City




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:15
Ruins of the nubian city of Kerma in Sudan




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:16
More ruins from Kerma




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:18
Kano city as seen from mount Dala on February 10th, 1851




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:19
Timbuktu as seen from the terrace of a travellers house in the 1850's




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:22
The first view of the city of Timbuktu drawn by a european visitor




'From the tower I had an extensive view over an immense plain of white sand, on which nothing grows except a few stunted shrubs, the mimosa ferruginea, and where the uniformity of the picture is only here and there broken by some scattered hills or banks of sand. I could not help contemplating with astonishment the extraordinary city before me, created solely by the wants of commerce, and destitute of every resource except what its accidental position as a place of exchange affords.'- René Caillié(1799-1838), Travels Through Central Africa to Timbuctoo, and Across the Great Desert, to Morocco, Performed in the Years 1824-1828, Vol. 2, p. 71. London, 1830.


Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:23
The court of Kanem-Bornu in 1700




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:25
An ashanti hall, two stories high. The doorway on the left side leads to the stairs. 






Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:29
A parade in Benin city




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:30
Part of king Ghezo of Dahomey's palace




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:31
Pyramids and tombs in the royal cemetery of Meroe




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:33
More nubian pyramids




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:36
Another nubian pyramid in Meroe




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:37
More from Meroe




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:38
Nubian tombs





Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:40
Nubia




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:41
Njoja's palace in Bamum




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:44
Inside the house of an Imam in Fandah, Nigeria. 1832-1833




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:46
Rock churches of Lalibela in Ethiopia




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:49
More of the rock churches of Lalibela




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:50
Medieval Nubia






Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:51
Medieval Nubia




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:53
Medieval Nubia




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:55
Almnara tower in Mogadishu, Somalia




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:58
Ruins from the Adal sultanate at Zeila, Somalia




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 11:59
The ancient whitewashed coral city of Merca in Somalia




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 12:01
Ruins from the Majeerteen sultanate king Osman Mahamuud's castle in Bargal, in Somalia. Built in 1878. 




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 12:04
17th century mosque in Hafun, Somalia




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 12:06
13th century mosque built by Fakir Ad-Din, first sultan of the Mogadishu sultanate


Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 12:07
Lunda houses from the Congo




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 12:11
Obus house in Cameroon




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 12:12
Nsude Igbo shrine pyramid




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 12:15
Ivory Coast




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 12:17
Eyl castle, Somalia




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 12:20
Diagram of a typical Ashanti house





Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 12:22
Diagram of a typical Yoruba house




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 12:25
Ruins of some apartments at the royal palace of the King of Dahomey after being destroyed by french cannonballs at Abomey




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 12:28
Old palace of the Oyo emperor with royal gables




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 12:32
Loango, a city in the Kongo kingdom




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 12:37
View of Mbanza Kongo (The capital of the Kongo kingdom which sat on mount Mongo a Kaila), from the Kongo river. 




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 12:43
Sungbo's Eredo is a rampart/system of walls and ditches in southwest Nigeria. It was built in honor of the Ijebu noblewoman Oloye Bilikisu Sungbo. Total length of fortifications is more than 160 kilometres (99 mi). Fortifications consist of a ditch with unusually smooth walls and bank in the inner side of ditch. The height difference between the bottom of the ditch and the upper rim of the bank on the inner side can reach 20 metres (66 ft). Works have been performed in laterite, a typical African soil consisting of clay and iron oxides. Ditch forms an uneven ring around the area of ancient Ijebu state, an area approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) wide in north-south, with the walls flanked by trees and other vegetation, turning the ditch into green tunnel. As a construction project, it required more earth to be moved than the Great Pyramid of Giza. 




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 12:45
A surviving part of the Eredo. The entire project was built between 800-1000 AD. 




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 12:49
Great Zimbabwe




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 12:51
Great Zimbabwe




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 12:56
Great Zimbabwe




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 12:58
Great Zimbabwe




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 13:00
The hill complex from Great Zimbabwe




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 13:03
More of the hill complex




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 13:04
Hill complex




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 13:10
Hill complex




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 13:16
Great Zimbabwe




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 13:18
Great Zimbabwe




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 13:21
Great Zimbabwe




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 13:26
An entrance to the great enclosure




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 13:30
Entrance to great enclosure 




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 13:32
A passage in the great enclosure




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 13:34
Ashanti offices




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 13:37




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 13:41


Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 13:44
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Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 13:49
Ashanti commoner homes 





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Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 13:52


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Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 13:56


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Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 13:58


Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 14:01
Home of a priest




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 14:03
Home a sword bearer




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 14:05
Home of sword bearer




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 14:08


Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 14:11
Abirem temple diagram. Typical Akan architectural form of high roofs to allow roomy access to the second level. 




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 14:13
Besease temple




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 14:14
Besease temple




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 14:16
Great hall




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 14:19
Private audience




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 14:20


Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 14:21
Bathrooms




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 14:22
Audience hall




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 14:28
Palaces of Dahomey kings at Abomey




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 14:29


Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 14:31
Part of the Ashanti palace complex




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 14:32
Front of an an Ashanti building




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 14:34
Small Ashanti village




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 14:35
Small village shrine in the village of Jufu




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 14:42
The original palace of the Asantehene was three stories high with well over 60 rooms. In 1819, Englishman Bowditch described the palace as

"...an immense building of a variety of oblong courts and regular squares [with] entablatures exuberantly adorned with bold fan and trellis work of Egyptian character. They have a suit of rooms over them, with small windows of wooden lattice, of intricate but regular carved work, and some have frames cased with thin gold. The squares have a large apartment on each side, open in front, with two supporting pillars, which break the view and give it all the appearance of the proscenium or front of the stage of the older Italian theaters. They are lofty and regular, and the cornices of a very bold cane-work in alto rel1evo. A drop-curtain of curiously plaited cane is suspended in front, and in each we observed chairs and stools embossed with gold, and beds of silk, with scattered regalia."


The gardens of the palace were about the size of a 19th century London square. When the British invaded, they discovered a vast collection of books inside written in any languages. The palace alone was about 5 acres in area. 


 



Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 14:44
Kano city walls




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 14:48
The walls of Kano are 12 kilometers long and possessed 3 gates in the middle ages. The walls were 9 meters in height and 7.5 meters in width. There was also an internal runway to move cavalry throughout the city from the walls. 






Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 14:52
Kano walls




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 14:56
Loropeni ruins of Burkina Faso. A fortified town from the middle ages. It was controlled by gold miners and smiths as well a people fleeing slavers from the south. 




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 15:09

Loropeni ruins


Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 15:10
Loropeni ruins




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 15:12
Ruins of Mpumalanga in south africa




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 15:14
Ruins of Mpumalanga in south africa




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 15:16
Ruins of the ancient Ghana empire at Koumbi Saleh




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 15:17
Ruins of Koumbi Saleh




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 15:18
Ruins of Koumbi Saleh




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 15:19
Khami ruins in Zimbabwe




Posted By: Askia
Date Posted: 17-Mar-2014 at 15:20
Khami ruins





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