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"King Solomon gave the Queen of Sheba all she desired and asked for; besides what he had given her out of his royal bounty. So she turned and went to her our country, she and her servants."
–1 Kings, 10:13
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Great Zimbabwe is a Renaissance Era Wonder in Civilization VI. It must be built adjacent to Cattle (Civ6) Cattle and a Commercial Hub with a Market.


Great Zimbabwe is a useful wonder for players focused on trade and economic development, though its placement requirements are very specific. The extra TradeRoute6 Trade Route, Merchant6 Great Merchant points, and other bonuses are all geared toward increasing its owner's Civ6Gold Gold flow. One can make optimal use of Great Zimbabwe by building it near a city surrounded by bonus resources and turning that city into a trading hub - the more TradeRoute6 Trade Routes run from the city, the more quickly the Civ6Gold Gold will come pouring in.

Australia, which has a natural incentive to settle near Cattle (Civ6) Cattle, Sheep (Civ6) Sheep, and water-based bonus resources (i.e. Fish (Civ6) Fish and Crabs (Civ6) Crabs), will often reap great benefits from this wonder.

Civilopedia entry Edit

According to one set of legends, Great Zimbabwe was the palace complex of the Queen of Sheba. According to another set, it was where the laborers of King Solomon’s Mines – which were thought nearby by a generation of deluded treasure hunters – relaxed during their time off. In point of boring fact, it was the capital city, eventually covering some 1700 acres with a peak population of around 18 thousand, of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe which arose in 1220 AD and was gone by 1450 AD. Built entirely of stone (quite a feat in the jungle), Great Zimbabwe was soon afterward abandoned and fell into ruin. The earliest known record of the ruins is by the Portuguese officer Vicente Pegado, written in 1531. He makes mention of great walls, made of chiseled stone fitted without mortar. The ruins lie in three groupings: the Hill Complex, the Valley Complex, and the Great Enclosure, where the majority of the archaeological artifacts have been found: soapstone figurines, gold beads, copper ingots, bronze spearheads, jeweled pendants and bracelets, and much else. So, maybe those treasure hunters weren’t so deluded after all.

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Wonders in Civilization VI

AlhambraAmundsen-Scott Research Station1Angkor WatApadanaBig BenBolshoi TheatreBroadwayCasa de Contratación1Chichen ItzaColosseumColossusCristo RedentorEiffel TowerEstádio do MaracanãForbidden CityGolden Gate Bridge2Great Bath2Great LibraryGreat LighthouseGreat ZimbabweHagia SophiaHanging GardensHermitageHuey TeocalliJebel BarkalKilwa Kisiwani1Kotoku-in1Machu Picchu2Mahabodhi TempleMausoleum at HalicarnassusMeenakshi Temple2Mont St. MichelOracleOrszágház2Oxford UniversityPanama Canal2PetraPotala PalacePyramidsRuhr ValleyStatue of Liberty1St. Basil's Cathedral1StonehengeSydney Opera HouseTaj Mahal1Temple of Artemis1Terracotta ArmyUniversity of Sankore2Venetian Arsenal

Natural Wonders

Chocolate Hills2Cliffs of DoverCrater LakeDead SeaDelicate Arch1Eye of the Sahara1Eyjafjallajökull3Galápagos IslandsGiant's Causeway3Gobustan2Great Barrier ReefHạ Long Bay3Ik-Kil2Kakadu4Lake Retba1Lysefjord3Mato Tipila2Matterhorn1Mount EverestMount KilimanjaroMount Roraima1Mount Vesuvius2Pamukkale2PantanalPinnacles4PiopiotahiSahara el Beyda2Torres del PaineTsingy de BemarahaUbsunur Hollow1Uluru3Vinland4 YosemiteZhangye Danxia1

1: Added in Rise and Fall2: Added in Gathering Storm3: Requires DLC4: Specific scenario games only
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