Erected some time around the end of the 15th century to serve as a suitable way-point for Portuguese slave-traders, the beach front fortification known as the "Kwazulu-Alcazar"(castle), was an enterprising success. Allowing the Portuguese to diversify as they're ambitious explorations along the coast afforded them exclusive trade routes in both spice and slaves. With the cooperation of two of the regions most influential chieftains; who as a profitable result of their disturbing allegiances, were allowed to expand their tribal rule, Portugal quickly established a strong presence in the southern cape. As their influence and power grew, so to did the keep.
Eventually sprawling over 700,000 feet of land, including the sacred burial grounds of the Geliefdes (Loved Ones). The holiest of sanctums shared and respected throughout even the most hardened of tribal rivals. This direct affront would eventually lead to one of history's great unknown slave revolts championed by a warrior tribe, a family. Whom had been the righteous and ceremonial custodians of the Geliefdes since before the Great Panther God had opened up the African plains. In the end the original Moorish castle was all but destroyed, but pieces of its foundation would later be used to build a new more technologically advanced Kwazulu Alcazar.
Thanks in large part to the Bengal Bashir's (Ali's great great grandfather) decision to unseal the regions Vibranium mines thus granting access to its moderated vein of precious metal. Marking the Kwazulu as a small yet indomitable coastal African bastion that would be handed down through generations of Bashir men. A holy site, with many from around the region make the daunting pilgrimage to pray at the alters and be baptized in the springs.
Once the chosen wardens of the False Bay, guardians of the Geliefdes, the Bashir's were a celebrated family of political prominence. Suggested cave paintings once illustrated a possible genetic link back to the Original Man ( a religious concept adhered to and practiced by the Bashirs & others). Molding the family into a folklore with intricate strands of historical fact woven in among the legecy. The sacred Bashir ethos is a fantastical tale of revolution, prestige, honor, and justice. With each patriarch of the family taking on not only the honored mantel of the False Bay warden, but the spiritual responsibilities of the Original Man (the panther god as adhered to by the Bashirs & others) and the protection of the tribes. A duty that has fallen squarely on the shoulders of the Black Republican as the last surviving member of the Bashir linage.
Polygonal poor-in-stone towers, remnants of the former Kwazulu Alcazar, comfortably rest at the corners of its outer enclosure with semicircular structures built in along the wall overlooking a man made watering spring. With its main panther inspired cathedral offering an ocean front view of majestic inspiration. Beyond the palace a stunning arcade gate permits heralded access to the sacred springs of the Geliefdes Grotto.
Further aristocratic appreciation of glamorous antiquity is effortlessly featured with African ivory mantels and hand mason tiles that culturally make up the foundation of the expansive rooms. Artisan doors open onto a landscaped wrap terraces ideal for alfresco dining, sunbathing, relaxing and looking at the gorgeous views of the False Bay. Unbelievably there seems to be more space on the inside rather than there would seem to be from the outside. Various angles curve the corridors into labyrinths, and the arrangement of rooms seemingly rearrange themselves. The Moorish castle hosts numerous items of ceremonial enthrallment as well as meditative & religious occultism.
Magnificent marble staircases upwardly spiral into an exclusive family gallery with six windows and the original domed ceiling. Authenticated portraits of the Bashir family lineage line the walls of the curved dome. Vacationed off the gallery is a spectacularly sculpted sky room which is wrapped in a sun-flooded room with contemporary wood burning fireplace.
One of the castle's main ascetic yet functional pieces, remains a vibranium sheath wall that make up the front facade of the building. While inside the main entrance, a large atrium with extensively restored statues and sculptures premiere a certain pursuit of excellence and historical achievement. Some of the antiquities, consisting of over 35,000 items, includes artifacts from the Nile civilizations which date from 4,000 BC to the 4th century. The collection overviews Egyptian life spanning from Ancient Egypt to the Middle Kingdom, the New Kingdom, Coptic art, and the lost Khoisan periods. Pieces from the ancient period include the Gebel el-Arak Knife from 3400 BC, The Seated Scribe, and the Head of King Djedefre. Middle Kingdom art, "known for its gold work and statues", moved from realism to idealization; this is exemplified by the schist statue of Amenemhatankh and the wooden Offering Bearer. The New Kingdom
and Coptic Egyptian sections are in deed deap.
The Castle's library present holds a number well into the 100,000. Books as well as around 800 currently received periodical titles and unearthed scrolls. This catalog includes rare drawings and exclusive manuscripts such as the Domesday book and the inventory of all Henry VIII's possessions at the time of his death. Even Vertue, 'The Gate at Whitehall' in Vetusta Monumenta Vol.1, 1747 (1826) One of the most aggrandized archaeological libraries in the World, it is home to an outstanding collection of wide spanning documentation and literature.