The small traditional Swahili town is located some 100 km North of Mombasa close to Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast. The remaining structures include coral stone buildings, mosques, houses and a palace. Gede buildings date back to the 15th century but it is believed that the site was inhabited as early as the 11th or 12th century. Gede was abandoned in the early 17th century.

The Zamani Project spatially documented the Gede monuments in 2010. Besides the three principal structures of the Great Mosque, the Small Mosque and the Palace, remains of other structures in the immediate vicinity of the three large buildings were documented.

The Zamani Project also documented the Swahili site in Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara.

Similar sites (Mosques):
Shela Mosque (Shela/lamu, Kenya), Djenné Mosque (Djenné, Mali), Djingereyber Mosque (Timbuktu, Mali), Kilwa Mosque (Kilwa, Tanzania), Songo Mnara Mosque (Songo Mnara, Tanzania)


> Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Collaborators / Partners 

3D model of the Swahili Town in Gede

The 3D model of the Palace in Gede.

3D model of the Great Mosque in Gede.

Panorama Tour

Panorama-Tour of the Gede Runis

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