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Hamamni Persian Baths

Address: Stone Town, Tanzania
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Ranked #7 of 16 Attractions in Stone Town
Type: Ancient Ruins, Sights & Landmarks
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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 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I have to admit, I was very interested in seeing this little nugget of Zanzibar history, and it is definitely worth going just to see how the Sultans lived, BUT - the building itself is decrepit and dirty, and the "guide" is just a local man, not affiliated with any kind of tourism organization.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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18 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

It is a very ancient landmark providing an insight into bath of yesteryear. It needs a major conservation face lift and more in situ educational information.

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Dar es Salaam
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13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

A surprisingly elaborate hamam (now dry) in the centre of Stone Town. A visit is good for imagining civilised Swahili folks bathing and chatting in the flow of water and steam.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I was really excited about visiting the Baths and it took us quite some time to find it in the alleys. If you have a guide, you will of course get there faster but can always choose to be adventurous since getting lost in those narrow paths can be fun, you end up discovering other things and quaint stores. Coming... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I must have walked past the Hamamni Baths hundreds of times, and never went in. We went in last week and I was so impressed with the place and how well it has been preserved. I wouldn't say the baths themselves are massively interesting - the information signs are quite basic and badly written but there is a flier they... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We had to get one of the locals to help us find it. We wondered around for ages and kept ending up in the same spot, the map we had did not help at all. We were glad to have finally found it. Well worth an exploration.

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London, United Kingdom
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

good to enter if you have a guide who will tell you the story how it was build and purpose of each room, otherwise it is just a white stone baths what you can visit within 5 min. If you go, ask to go on the roof as well where you can see a bit of the city from upstairs.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Small site but interesting history. It took us a while to find it but it was worth the small entrance fee and a few minutes with a good guide.

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