"Explorers have searched for it for centuries. El Dorado. The Golden City. It's a technological marvel."
Ulysses Klaue[src]

The Golden City, also known as Birnin Zana,[1] is the capital city of the Kingdom of Wakanda.


The Golden City was founded by the Golden Tribe as the main city of Wakanda. Located at the heart of Wakandan civilization, the city displays incredibly advanced pieces of technology such as the Wakandan Maglev Train for public transportation.

In 1989, Ulysses Klaue managed to infiltrate the Golden City with help from Prince N'Jobu in order to steal a cache of Vibranium, which resulted in the death of several Wakandans.

New King

T'Challa returns to the Golden City

Due to the death of T'Chaka, T'Challa returned to the Golden City in order to be crowned the new King of Wakanda. He was greeted upon arriving by his mother Ramonda and his sister Shuri. Following his incoronation, T'Challa took a stroll with his friend Nakia in the Golden City while being escorted by the Dora Milaje, and they discussed the relevance of Wakanda's seclusive policy.

Following a failed attempt to arrest Ulysses Klaue, T'Challa, Nakia, and Okoye returned to the Golden City with a wounded Everett Ross, who they hid in Shuri's Lab. Later, Erik Killmonger managed to be granted access to the city after he presented himself with the body of Klaue, enabling him to have an audience in the Citadel during which he claimed the throne of Wakanda. Shuri, Ramonda, Nakia, and Ross were forced to flee the Golden City when Killmonger seemingly killed T'Challa in ritual combat. However, they were ultimately able to return after reuniting with him in Jabari Land. Once reinstated as King of Wakanda, T'Challa took yet another walk with Nakia in the streets of the Golden City and thanked her for her invaluable assistance.[2]

Battle of Wakanda

"Evacuate the city. Engage all defenses. And get this man a shield."
T'Challa to Steve Rogers[src]

An Outrider Dropship crashes over the Golden City

Two years later, T'Challa welcomed members of the Avengers into the Golden City as they had come to ask Shuri to safely remove the Mind Stone from Vision. While Shuri assessed the length of the task, Okoye was informed that Outrider spacecrafts were invading Wakanda's airspace. While standing on guard, Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes, and James Rhodes saw one spacecraft crashing on the dome. T'Challa then ordered the evacuation of the Golden City.[3]

The Blip

T'Challa, Shuri, and Ramonda reunited

In 2023, following the Blip, a celebration took place in the Golden City as Wakandans were reunited with their loved ones. T'Challa and Shuri reunited with their mother and watched the celebrations.[4]


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