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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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Brixton London
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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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Trondheim, Norway
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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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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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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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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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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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54 helpful votes 54 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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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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