Harman Patil

Ancient Kano City Walls

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Type  Defensive wall
Built for  Defence
Type  Cultural
Built  1095 AD–1134 AD
Governing body  Kano State Tourism
Height  15 m
Ancient Kano City Walls iimgurcomgHSDrNdjpg
Location  Kano Kano State Nigeria
Similar  Oban Hills, Kurmi Market, Ogbunike Caves, Idanre Hill, Gidan Makama Museum

The Ancient Kano City Walls (Hausa: Kofar Na'isa) were ancient defensive walls built to protect the inhabitants of the ancient city of Kano. The wall was built between 1095 AD through 1134 AD and completed in the middle of the 14th century. The Ancient Kano City Walls were described as "'the most impressive monument in West Africa".

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History

The Ancient Kano City Walls were built as a defensive wall with the construction of the foundation laid by Sakri Gijimasu (1095–1134), the third king of in the Kano Chronicle. In the mid 14th century during the reign of Zamnagawa, the wall was completed before it was further expanded during the 16th century. According to historians, the then General-Governor of the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria, Fredrick Lugard, wrote in a 1903 report about the Kano Walls that he had “never seen anything like it in Africa” after capturing the ancient city of Kano along with British forces.

Structure

The Ancient Kano City Walls are made up of Dala Hill where it was founded, Kurmi Market and the Emir’s Palace.

The Ancient Kano City Walls originally had an estimated height of 30 to 50 ft and about 40 ft thick at the base with 15 gates around it.

References

Ancient Kano City Walls Wikipedia


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