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Address: , Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Interesting history, but not much to see

It was nice to learn a little about the history of the Zanzibari upper-class. However, the entire attraction is a series of white-washed rooms with hole around the place that once... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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Ottawa, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

As someone who has been to bathhouses all over the Islamic world, this one was very disappointing. The guide did do a good job of explaining it. But the building has so badly been neglected that it has lost all it's charm

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

It was nice to learn a little about the history of the Zanzibari upper-class. However, the entire attraction is a series of white-washed rooms with hole around the place that once held water. Visiting the roof was nice.

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Aalborg, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

No biggie, it was fine, but we thought more of it since it looked more interesting from the outside. Think we only used 5-10 minutes in there.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

For a small fee (even cheaper if paid in TZS) we were shown around this very interesting place in the heart of Stone Town. The guide also showed us the roof of the baths. He invited us to have a look in his shop after the tour but it wasn't a problem when we politely declined.

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Toronto, Ontario, カナダ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Honestly, this place is not keep clean and there is so little to see. Bargain for the price of the ticket.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Very helpful 'custodian' who gave us a short tour around the baths and up to the roof to see the cisterns. They are surprisingly well preserved and it does not take much to imagine them in use as a central part of the city's courtly life. I hope they get the funding they are seeking to restore them fully.

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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We got a tour by the inkeeper for a really cheap price (I think it was 2 or 3 thousand TSH). We got an explantion of everything we saw and were able to go ontop of the roof. More interesting than the Anglican cathedral and a lot cheaper. Afterwards we were friendly asked if we wanted to visit the shop.... More 

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dar es salaam
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I highly recommend the visit to this historical place. In there you can get a picture of how the life of the sultan and his people was in those days. I wish there was someone to show me around. The lady at the door was only interested in collecting the entrance fee!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

These baths are now derelict as they are no longer in use, but they do give you an idea of what the Sultan's life was like back in the day. Interesting bathrooms, ingenious lighting mechanics, lovely space and all in a nice building. One would wish that they be rehabilitated and put to use again. Highly recommended!

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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Had a great tour of the baths from the man on the door. Got to see the cellar, complete with fire pit. We also got to go up to the roof to see how the water was collected. Lovely time talking to the local man who knew the history so well.

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