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Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, Stonetown

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Address: Mkunazini Road, Tanzania
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the old slave market and cathedral are very interesting and a good place to learn more about the slave market trade history. The cathedral is also a great place to cool off on a... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

the old slave market and cathedral are very interesting and a good place to learn more about the slave market trade history. The cathedral is also a great place to cool off on a really hot day! Easy to walk around town from here too so that you can learn more about the local area.

Thank Helen4321
The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Anglican Canthedral was built on the old slave market where Omani slave traders used to sell their slaves. Still present are the cellars in which slaves were kept and a monument. Very new appears to be a narrative history of the slave trading on museum style poster boards. This was rather informative and well done. We visited as part... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This tour costs about 10,000 Tz shillings per adult, children under 10 go free. It was a poignant insight into the slave trade era in East Africa and the role of different political actors in ending it. It was also a good explanation of the seeming Arabian, Indian and African culture clash evident all over the island.

Thank Victoria N
Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to a lot of similar places all over the world, but this is the first slavery era place I've visited that was run by Arab slavers. I found the practices to be even worse here. To clarify, no slaves had it anything remotely close to good anywhere else, but the conditions and treatment here sounded a lot worse.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I guess this is one o the most interesting attractions in Stone Town. You don't even need a guide. Although the memorial consists of lots of historial facts written in big boards and is a bit dense to read them all, it's worth it. The slaves history is very cruel, but I guess it helps understand a bit the african... More 

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Ramat Gan, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the slave market with a guided group. It's heart breaking to see this historical place. Don't miss the chambers where the slaves were kept.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited the old slave market in conjunction with a historical walking tour. It was amazing to see and to experience the horrific history that happened here. They have done a wonderful job respectifully honoring the activities that took place here.

Thank Maggie9414AD
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Worth a visit whilst in Stone Town. There is a modest entry fee. You can easily walk around by yourself and it'll only take you about 45 min to cover the area. If you take a walking tour, you'll probably go here as part of that.

Thank Michael2810
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Definitely worth a visit if you are in Stone Town as it can be done very quickly. We visited found a local guide to show us around for 20 minutes approx for 10,000 shillings. There's a new exhibition opening the week after we visited. The church was beautiful to look around and very interesting history for such a little cost.

Thank footballfan123
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Worth visiting either alone or with a guide, not a large area to cover but with a guide you would get a lot more detail. But to visit and see the statues chained up is very moving

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