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Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, Stonetown

Address: Mkunazini Road, Tanzania
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Cape Town
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

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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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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131 reviews 131 reviews
53 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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London, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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6 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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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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149 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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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9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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