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Historical citadel ruins in Gondershe.
Historical citadel ruins in Gondershe.
Country Somalia
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

Gondershe, also known as Gandershe or El Torre, is a town in the south-central Banaadir province of Somalia. It is noted for its various historical structures.


Gondershe is situated a few kilometers northeast of Merca and southwest of Mogadishu.[1]

It is an ancient stone city built on an oasis; the town's ruins consist of typical Somali architecture, such as coral stone houses, fortifications, tombs and mosques. It is said to date from the medieval Ajuran period, when it became a center of trade that handled smaller vessels sailing from India, Arabia, Persia and the Far East.

Gondershe later evolved into a popular tourist attraction during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s; the film La Conchiglia (1992) by the award-winning Somali filmmaker Abdulkadir Ahmed Said was also shot here, and features the town's local residents.[2]

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  1. ^ Universität Frankfurt am Main. Frobenius-Institut, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kulturmorphologie, Frobenius Gesellschaft, Paideuma: Mitteilungen zur Kulturkunde, Volumes 26-28, (F. Steiner: 1980), p.202.
  2. ^ Xodo, p.31


  • Xodo, Chiara (August 2008). "Catalogo Audiovisivi (con schede didattiche)" (PDF). Centro Interculturale Millevoci, Provincia Autonoma di Trento Dipartimento Istruzione. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-12-22. Retrieved 2009-09-25.