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Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, Stonetown

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Address: Mkunazini Road, Tanzania

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You'll be able to FEEL it

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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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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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Slavery does still exist in the world - but not in this open way as this market that was running as late as 120 years ago. It cost you 5 USD in entrance - you can see the old chambers in the basement of the building at the entrance. Then walk some 50 meters - to the right to see... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We visited this area in the company of a guide whom our tour operator had hired to take us on a 3 hour tour of Stone Town. The church is not architecturally distinguishable from many others. There are some interesting stories associated with it, however. The slave quarters do make an impression, particularly on a day when the temperature is... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

My friend and I visited Zanzibar in March of 2015. We did a half day tour of Stonetown, taking in the old slave market, the cathedral, the bazaar and the old Fort. It was a very interesting place. In the 19th century, Zanzibar was a hub for the slave trade and the trading of spices. For a time, it was... More 

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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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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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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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