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Father John Groeber and St Mary’s Church at Serima Mission

John Groeber (born in 1903 – Died in 1973) was a missionary who founded the Serima mission station for the Swiss Bethlehem Mission in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). He is best known for designing and building St. Mary's church on the Serima Mission grounds, and for training a number of artists and builders. Early life and education Groeber was born in Basel, Switzerland to a family of bakers who were among the city's Catholic minority. Groeber himself was religious from a young age, and attended Mass and other religious activities on a regular basis. He was also a painter, largely self-taught. Due to the family's limited resources, Groeber's education was cut short and he went to work as a draughtsman when he was sixteen. In this...

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The National Heroes Acre of Zimbabwe

Introduction National Heroes Acre or simply Heroes Acre is a burial ground and national monument in Harare, Zimbabwe.  The 23-hectare (57-acre) site is situated on a ridge seven kilometers from Harare towards Norton.  Its stated purpose is to commemorate Patriotic Front guerrillas killed during the Rhodesian Bush War (Liberation War) , and contemporary Zimbabweans whose dedication or commitment to their country justify their interment at the shrine. Persons buried here are considered heroes by the incumbent Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front regime, which has administered the country since independence in 1980.  Indeed, most of the recipients of the 'hero status' were known to be Zanu-PF comrades. The actual monument itself was modelled after two AK-47s lying back-to-back; the graves are meant to resemble their magazines  monument is an early example...

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Chibvumani Ruins - Bikita

The Chibvumani National Monument is one of many dry-stone fortresses of the Munhumutapa Empire. It is believed that the Shona speaking people inhabited this place between 12th–15th century soon after the demise of Great Zimbabwe according to Caton-Thompson-1931. According to heritage practitioners, this site was built using biotite granite blocks quarried from the surrounding bedrock outcrops. It has walls of varying heights of between 1m to 3m. It is located in the South-Eastern part of Zimbabwe in the Bikita District of Masvingo Province at the 128km peg along the Masvingo–Mutare highway in Muduma Village.  Much of the information about Chibvumani comes from the VaDuma tribe who came from Mozambique and settled in the area in the 16th century. The VaDuma...

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Bumbusi Ruin and Rock Engravings

How to get here:  The Bumbusi National Monument is sign posted from both Sinamatella and Robins Camp in Hwange. The National Monument of Bumbusi consists of two distinct parts, a dry-stone building and a series of rock engravings.The Bumbusi National Monument is a large site about 40km from Hwange, consisting of stone walls, boulders, platforms and the ruins of dwellings. Its main structures date from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Excavations in 2000 revealed the floors of eighteen original dwellings. The site is listed in the Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites by the World Monuments Fund because of the threats posed to the sandstone walls by wild animals from the surrounding nature reserve. The site was already damaged by early prospectors...

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Zinjanja Monument (formerly Regina Ruins)

A smaller version of the Danan’ombe and Nalatale Monuments, but also part of the Torwa State which succeeded Great Zimbabwe in the late fifteenth Century. Zinjanja is further off the beaten track and has not been restored. Much of the dry-stone walling has collapsed over time and some of the terracing, the entrance and the grain bins need restoring. Lived in and built for Torwa Rulers; their wealth in cattle attracted the envy of the Rozvi who overthrew them before 1693 and were in their turn overthrown during the Mfecane of the 1830’s during the Nguni invasions.   How to get there From Shangani take the A5 towards Bulawayo, 18.4km reach Insiza and turn left onto the untarred road heading south-east,...

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