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The Mbanza is a unique District District of the Kongolese civilization in Civilization VI. It replaces the Neighborhood, must be built on Woods or Rainforest tiles and is unlocked with Guilds.


The following buildings can be constructed in a Mbanza:

  • R&F-Only Food Market (mutually exclusive with Shopping Mall, maximum one per city)
  • R&F-Only Shopping Mall (mutually exclusive with Food Market, maximum one per city)


Thanks to the Mbanza, the Kongolese can start building populous, prosperous cities as early as the Medieval Era. They also don't need to worry about searching for high-Appeal tiles as civs with Neighborhoods do - any forested area is prime real estate for them (which is good, because places with Rainforest typically have horrible Appeal).

Additionally, Mvemba a Nzinga's leader ability will cause an Apostle of the city's dominant religion (if present) to spawn when a Mbanza finishes construction. Take advantage of this to spread religions that are most beneficial as you grow your cities.

In Gathering Storm, using the Public Transport policy card allows you to gain additional yields from your Mbanzas, moreso in Breathtaking areas.

Civilopedia entry[]

Mbanza is Kongolese for "city," or in some cases simply "settlement." By the time the Portuguese arrived in central Africa, M'banza Kongo was already a large city, rich from trade and craft manufacturing, but most of the population lived in the valleys that surrounded it in residential neighborhoods – perhaps as many as 100 thousand people. While these small towns might have a market and a workshop, the important things – churches, palace, schools, clinics, tax offices – were located in the hilltop capital. They were linked to M'banza Kongo by several roads up the slopes, and these were quite crowded at times such as feast and tax days. All this in 1648 AD according to the visitor Francesco da Roma. So not only did the Kongolese give civilization suburbia but also "rush hour."


Civilization VI Districts [edit]
AerodromeAqueduct (Bath) • Campus (Observatory1Seowon R&F-Only) • Canal GS-OnlyCity CenterCommercial Hub (Suguba GS-Only) • Dam GS-OnlyDiplomatic Quarter1Encampment (Ikanda R&F-OnlyThành1) • Entertainment Complex (Street CarnivalHippodrome1) • Government Plaza R&F-OnlyHarbor (Cothon GS-OnlyRoyal Navy Dockyard) • Holy Site (Lavra) • Industrial Zone (HansaOppidum1) • Neighborhood (Mbanza) • Preserve1SpaceportTheater Square (Acropolis) • Walled Quarter2Water Park R&F-Only (Copacabana R&F-Only)
1 Requires DLC2 The Black Death scenario only

R&F-Only Added in the Rise and Fall expansion pack.
GS-Only Added in the Gathering Storm expansion pack.