Welcome to Gede Ruins
This series of coral palaces, mosques and town houses, which once housed 3000 people, lies quietly in the jungle’s green grip. Here, archaeologists found evidence of the cosmopolitan nature of Swahili society: silver necklaces decorated with Maria Teresa coins (from Europe) and Arabic calligraphy (from the Middle East), vermicelli makers from Asia that would become pasta moulds in the Mediterranean, Persian sabres, Arab coffee pots, Indian lamps, Egyptian or Syrian cobalt glass, Spanish scissors and Ming porcelain.
Entry to the dusty museum is included in the site ticket. There's a small collection of excavated Chinese coins, porcelain bowls, weapons, terracotta pots and other items found here.