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Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, Stonetown

Address: Mkunazini Road, Tanzania
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Type: Churches & cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
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Geraldton, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Didnt realise the slave trade was mainly run by Arabs and as late as 1907, was a bit of an eye opener, historically very interesting. What appalling conditions those poor people were kept in. Nice to see the swahili service in the Anglican Church as well, one of only two on the island.

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25 reviews 25 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Well worth visiting and learning more about the slave trading history - our guide appeared knowledgeable and together with the posted information, we got a very good overview of the slave trade! Our 6 grandkids who were with us and their parents crowded into the small rooms where the slaves had been kept and made it even more real -... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

My partner and I visited in January and found it, hard to say enjoyable after hearing the stories, but well worth visiting. It was $5 entrance and that includes a guide, we had a fantastic guide called Christopher who was very knowledgeable, friendly and, as our Swahili is non existent, his English wasn't far off perfect. The chambers are what... More 

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Brixton London
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14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Could do with some improvements to the interpretation but still worth a visit. Nice to sit in the Cathedral and rest awhile.

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Trondheim, Norway
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4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

The tour in the old slave market really puts life into perspective. It's a history lesson and a much appreciated one. Do yourself a favour and go. A tour by a guide is included in the entrance fee. Be sure to say yes to that when they ask

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

The Old Slave Market/ Anglican Cathedral, Stonetown is well worth a visit when in Zanzibar. The entrance fee is about 5$ and you get a good tour with a guide to explain the history. Highly recommended.

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Cape Town
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Paid for a walking tour around Stonetown. Very informative with a number of stops on our way. One being the Old Slave Market. Visited the two rooms where slaves were kept before transit, very touching and heart breaking. Large Anglican church under restoration. Looking a bit worse for wear but construction ongoing. Worth a look.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Like other attractions in Zanzibar that require a fee, tour guides are included in the price, and appreciate a small tip. Barring much posted information, our tour guide (Christopher was a decade-long member of the Anglican church on site and proud photographer and tour guide for several famous visitors to the island) was the key to the experience. In addition... More 

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Veenendaal, The Netherlands
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54 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Don't expect too much as this attraction is not funded to make it a real museum/attraction. You can see 2 rooms in which the slaves were kept before the weekly market was held. If you pay the entrance fee, you get a guide who can tell you more about the history, really interesting. Outside there's the monument and the church,... More 

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Cannon Beach, Oregon
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

A group of Peace Corps friends and I has one last fling going to Zanzibar. We stayed in the old converted monastery next to the cathedral and viewed the old slave chambers. It was a sobering and emotional experience - absolutely worth going. Stonetown itself is exotic, the beaches are beautiful and the food was great everywhere we visited. Don't... More 

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