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Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, Stonetown

Mkunazini Road, Tanzania
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

In comparison to other historical sites in Zanzibar, the old slave market does deserve 5 stars. The Tanzanian government really don't have a clue when it comes to the maintenance of heritage, (they still couldn't resist putting a restaurant/memorabilia shop above the old slave holding rooms) but the memorial monument and the well kept church are signs that they've made... More

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Wellington, United Kingdom
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Incredibly sobering place to visit and a key part in Zanzibar's history as well as understanding it's modern economy and cultural heritage. We had a very knowledgable guide with us who sorted out tickets etc and took us around in a very organised way, retelling the history behind the slave trade in Zanzibar, the influence of the Arabs, the abolition... More

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Hanoi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This attraction won't take too much time but well worth a visit (Possibly just take the walking tour of the town and visit with a guide). Very cheap to get in and quite profound to see the area where slaves were kept in such squalid conditions

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Cape Town
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Entrance seemed expensive @ $5 or 7000 shillings, and the entire handling at the entrance seemed be very unprofessional and dodgy. We paid with shillings as it works out cheaper, insist on a ticket, hopefully the money lands in the right place. We had a tour guide and this makes it much easier as he took is through the tour,... More

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Hsinchu, Taiwan
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

You pay either $5 USD or 7000 Tsh to go inside. A brochure costs an additional 2000 Tsh, which we didn’t buy. Upon entering, a bunch of tour guides were waiting to ambush us, and it took a while to decline them all. We were then completely befuddled on what exactly is here. On the building to the left, there... More

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plainfield, nj
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This was a major slave port for the Asian slave trade which persisted up until the British colonization in 1900. A tragic story, this sight is a great historical sight. Chilling memorial to the slaves. Don't miss it.

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Trondheim, Norway
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Visit to stone town was disappointing. Nothing is kept in good shape and historical sites are blended with mothern trash. Only slavemarket is worth a quick visit before visiting prison island.

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Crowell, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Overall we were a little disappointed by Stone Town and absolutely harassed by street touts in the Forodhani Gardens / Old Fort area. One of the few highlights of our visit, however, was the Old Slave Market and Anglican Cathedral. For a very reasonable fee, a guide will take you down to a couple of old holding cells that hardly... More

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kamloops
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

The Old Slave Market and Anglican cathedral were very sobering ..our guide was very knowledgeable and made part of the experience come to life by his descriptions. Hard to imagine humans being held underground like that. We were allowed to quickly look in the church as under repair.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This was so understated and moving, really worth visiting. The underground slave cells were shocking and the modern sculpture at the auction site moving and beautiful.

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