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House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib)

Address: Mizingani Rd, Stone Town, Tanzania
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Ranked #12 of 16 Attractions in Stone Town
Type: Architectural Buildings, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Sights & Landmarks

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Lydney, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We were reluctantly allowed in to the House of Wonders after being told it was closed. The place was in darkness and it was very difficult to read the information. We asked for the lights to be switched on but were told it was not possible. There were hardly any light bulbs anyway! We were not allowed upstairs, not sure... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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40 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

The only impressive thing about this building is that it house the first lift in Africa and the highest building at 4 stories in Zanzibar. It looks as if renovations might be happening. Dirty, hot and unexciting!

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Slough, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
40 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Another grand building of Stone Town thats worth a look. Plenty to see inside and right on the water front overlooking the harbour

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London, United Kingdom
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219 reviews 219 reviews
50 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This was our second stop after the Palace Museum and we have to say that in the end, we didn't really stay long here. We had been told the day before that the museum was closed, and we were told again that it was closed as we were leaving the Palace Museum. Neither were true, it's a tactic used by... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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171 reviews 171 reviews
56 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

we did tour the house of wonders 12 years ago and considering its age it is wondrous indeed with its running water, electricity etc. I cannot tell you when it will reopen again

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London, United Kingdom
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615 attraction reviews
274 helpful votes 274 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Stories have it that this place is called the house of wonders because it was the first house in East Africa to have electricity and an elevator. A lovely palace overlooking the harbor. Gives you a nice insight into how life was in the days of the Sultans in Zanzibar. You also get to visit Princess Salme's room. Nice bit... More 

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Mwanza, Tanzania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Completely run down with rickety stairs and a thick layer of dust over all. An amazing selection if items related to Zanzibar. a definite MUST VISIT!!

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UK
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Rather disappointed that this very historical building has been closed to the public. The building is in urgent need of restoration. Hope it is soon attended to.

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Veenendaal, The Netherlands
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131 reviews 131 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

See other reviews. This attraction is closed due to no maintenance whatsoever. That's sad, as it still is an imposing building. Did walk past the building. Hanging spot for the locals, especially at bad weather.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

It was a strange experience. That in itself was worth the visit. Dust and dead flies covering the railings, no lights, no visitors. Being naturally curious i was tempted to ignore the sign saying the top floor wasn't accessible, untill i looked up and saw the large holes in the ceiling/floor. If you like ghost houses do go in: it's... More 

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