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House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib)

Mizingani Rd, Stone Town, Tanzania
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Ranked #8 of 13 Attractions in Stone Town
Type: Architectural Buildings
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Cairo, Egypt
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

There is nothing to see there, the place is very neglected, everything is dusty and creepy, and there is absolutely no "wonders" to see.

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Doha, Qatar
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This was closed for maintenance during my visit in August 2014, well the history of this house is however fascinating, this place was the first to have facilities of electricity, water and elevator.

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Cape Town
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192 reviews 192 reviews
129 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This attraction was closed as out guide informed us that the building had become unsafe due to lack of maintenance. The story behind this building is fascinating, it got is name as it was one of the first in that part of the world to have an electricity, water and even an escalator which apparently now has none. Just a... More

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Belgrade, Serbia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This place is closed down for the public since it is partially in ruins. Due to lack of funding it is unlikely it will open anytime soon. Since it is very likely that you will pass in front of it during your stay, take a few minutes to look at the grand facade.

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Ronneby, Sweden
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150 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

This is the national museum. It has a very interesting history of Zanzibar. The place is not open for public, but they let me in anyway when I asked. It tells you about how the people lived/lives here, how the language spread and Zanzibars different dishes. It has stories about the slavery. It has stories about how the religion spread... More

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Toronto, Canada
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60 reviews 60 reviews
6 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

A friend had recommended visiting the House of Wonders for the rooftop view. What we didn't anticipate was the $6US admission fee--each. Even though the museum itself was closed for "refurbishment." One of the three sleeping security guards woke up to unlock the door to the roof so we could go out---which was dodgy (soft spots in the roof ready... More

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Juba, Al Khartum, South Sudan
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Old beautiful building with very lovely location, the place was closed for the guests as part of it has caved down. Would have loved to walk in and explore the place

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Karlstadt, Germany
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

the main gate close! i go from behind! the door open! i go into free! but waht you can see!? nothing! i need 2 min to see some boots! after 3 min one man come from somewere and told me that i need to pay for this!? i smile and go away! forget it!

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

Repairs are moving at African speed (TAB - that's Africa baby). Apparently the house of wonder because is was the first to get electricity & an elevator.

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Albury, Australia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Fantastic old building with an amazing staircase which leads you to all the amazing items on display in this building. Central to the building is the elevator. The Dhow on the ground floor gives people a true insight of how sailors sailed the seas and travelled between the mainland and Zanzibar. Well worth a visit.

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