Great Zimbabwe is the ruins of an ancient walled city located in the central part of the country, about 270 kilometers south of Harare. These ruins are located just south of Lake Mutirikwe and the eponymous park that surrounds it. The fact that the country is named after him speaks of how important this monument is for the people. The prefix “great” was added to the name to separate it from the multitude of ruins of small towns collectively called zimbabwes. Great Zimbabwe was home to a local monarch and was inhabited from the 11th to the 15th century when it was abandoned. It was built of stone, using a construction technique where no binder, such as mortar, was used. The site was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1986.