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Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, Stonetown

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Address: Mkunazini Road, Tanzania

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We visited the old slave market as part of a half day city tour in Stonetown. I think you need a good guide to get the most out of the experience. Our guide gave a lot of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We visited the old slave market as part of a half day city tour in Stonetown. I think you need a good guide to get the most out of the experience. Our guide gave a lot of background history as well as anecdotes pertaining to the general history of Zanzibar. The cathedral is under renovation at the moment but we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

The place where there used to be a legal slave market until 1873 - a short guide will teach you the details on how slaves were brought to the market, kept over the night or for a couple of days till the market day, how they were tested for endurance and how they were taken overseas to the Arab world.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Unfortunately, the interior of the cathedral is currently under construction, However, seeing how they are renovating it is a sight in itself. The slave chambers are horrifying and very sobering.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We were very keen to visit and learn about the former slave market and happily paid the fee in TS, paying in US dollars was about twice as much. Our guide took us past a t-shirt/souvenir stand and down to an underground cellar where the slaves had been put before being sold. We were given very basic information, which we... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 via mobile

Unless you have a super guide who makes this place interesting, don't waste your time! There is so little to see, i even come back to reception & asked if i missed somth?! Not to mentioned that we got tear away/used ticket which means someone in ticket office is making money under table.

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Plain City, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

We did a brief visit here, I think that one really must, it is a very sobering thought that do many human beings suffered here.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The original slave market was burnt down and the Anglican Cathedral was built over the old site. The replicas of the holding cells were so small and it can be emotionally overwhelming to think of all the awful things that happen to all those people. Really informative but emoting ly draining.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

As portuguese it was a mix of sad and strange experience, but it worth the visit, because tou can try to imagine how it was to be in that small cells with about 50/70 slaves.

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Not a lot to see, cheap price, but you can really feel the emotions that were behind everything. I hate slavery!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We were in Zanzibar as one of the stops on a 30 day cruise. The Anglican Church was built in 1874 by Bishop Steer on the site of the Great Slave Market, once the hub of slave trade for all of East Africa. Beneath the church are the underground chambers where slaves were once held before being sold. You will... More 

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Address: Mkunazini Road, Tanzania
Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Zanzibar Archipelago

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