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Passages & Portals in Stone 2

I had posted a different image of Great Zimbabwe but, whilst working through some more images from the visit, I realised I have an interesting collection of images showing various passages and portals found in the complex. At the time of the visit, I was struck by these passages and portals because they are very distinctive and unique: the fact that I have a number of interesting images is evidence of the impression they made.

So, I’ve decided to feature a series of those images on the blog. Accordingly, I’ve re-titled the previous post to reflect the series and this image is the next in the series. It shows the stairway leading up through massive boulders and rock walls to the Hill Complex. Only one person can pass through this passage at a time and, as far as I’m aware, this may have been the only route up to Hill Complex or, at least, it is one of only two possible approaches (more accessible routes up have been created in recent times). It is clear this approach provided a high degree of security for the inhabitants. Though I have not read anything to support my theory, I am convinced that the narrow constructed passages of the Great Enclosure, like that shown in the previous post, were intended to mirror these naturally occurring features of the Hill Complex.

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5 Comments

  1. george says:

    The steps are quite fascinating with a simple composition. I think it must be the symbolic significance as they rise from light to dark.

  2. Kevin says:

    Great POV and DOF !

  3. zimady says:

    Thank you George and Kevin.

  4. Un passage bien mystérieux, très réussi, bravo !

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  5. Like this, looks a bit surreal. And your b/w processing is great. regards, Ben

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