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Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, Stonetown

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Address: Mkunazini Road, Tanzania

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The Slave Quarters is the most interesting

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 8, 2015
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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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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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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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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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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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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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