Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral

Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral

Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral
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The Heritage Centre therefore among other things aims at promoting tolerance, reconciliation and an inclusive society, bridging social and ethnic divides by telling the story of this dark chapter in the region’s history in an open and factual way. The creation of the Heritage Centre, and making it accessible to school children, who are the country’s future leaders, is also aimed to promote interfaith and inter-communal dialogue and understanding. Furthermore The Site is an important tourist destination, and by improving visitors’ facilities at the site and making it more informative and stimulating, the tourism industry as a whole will benefit, creating jobs and wealth, and helping to reduce poverty. The Heritage Centre among other things is also benefiting many people as it is a great opportunity to promote interfaith relations in Zanzibar.
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  • Sharon
    54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sobering visit to a place where awful things happened
    A sobering experience. There is a 5 dollar entry per person and would recommend you take the guide that approaches you. We had a very knowledgeable guide called David. If you don't have a guide you won't know where to go. There was a room at the end with plenty of information about the history of slavery in the region. I read some reviews about how dirty the place is etc. I think the place gives you a good idea about the awful inhumanity of man.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 2, 2023
  • TravelingAmos
    New Jersey699 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Required Viewing
    We had some difficulty finding the place after shopping in Darajani Market. Eventually we asked a vendor who pointed us in the right direction. This place is full of some sad but vital history. After paying admission ($5/person, I think), you can hire a licensed tour guide who works for tips. Our guide was good. He explained all the aspects that did not have written explanations, and he pointed out where we would encounter stairs, for my mother who had some difficulty walking.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Kimberley S
    Miami, Florida1,226 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Significant part of the towns history
    This was one of the most significant stops on my Stonetown walking tour. I am not very keen on topics of slavery (I'm black, it distresses me) but it is a part of history. The churches are beautiful and being Sunday there were services being held. Could not go inside, however walked the grounds. Went into the section with the underground area where slaves were kept. There is some folks selling beautiful art, jewelry at the top of the stairs.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 27, 2023
  • JudyOswestryUK
    Oswestry, United Kingdom304 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thought provoking,well displayed museum
    On arrival there is a security check and pay desk ,can’tt remember exact amount but reasonable entrance fee. A guide attached himself as usual to us,when we said we didn’t need he said was included in entrance price! He was able to direct us around in the correct order seeing the inside of the cathedral, memorial ,and cellar, then left us back at the fascinating display with explanation of history and photos, this was well presented and thought provoking. We were pleased not to be tied to a group tour as we spent far longer here than many being rushed round. This is not a museum to be missed , if you don’t do anything else on your visit to Stonetown, visit this!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 25, 2023
  • saltsy372
    North Port, Florida366 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old Slave Market
    Even though the original slave market area has been built over with a cathedral, it is an important area to visit when in Stone Town, because of the importance of the site to the establishment and continuation of the slave trade to Europe, the middle east and the Americas. The cathedral is very interesting, however it really doesn't hide what happened here and there are several exhibits, original and recreated attempting to show the inhumanity of slavery through the ages We walked from the hotel, through the maze of alleys in Stone Town, through the spice shops and market areas. It is a well worth while half day to experience and read about the horrors. You will need to dress appropriately to go into the cathedral, especially women.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 11, 2023
  • Larisa M.
    Transylvania, Romania397 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I recommend this if you want to have a different experience but it is a sad place and very emotional.
    The Slave Market and Exibition together with the Anglican Basilica are a must if you are visiting Stone Town. The place has a very sad and touching story about the past slaves trade. Also there is a monument build in memory, which I found very emotional and sad. The place has an Anglican Christian church that you can visit as well and is very beautiful and big. Also the basement where the slaves ( men, women and children were kept before selling them away) is a place that you can visit also if you have a guide is better because he will explain how things happened. I recommend if you want to have a different experience!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 11, 2024
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dmittleman
Palm Beach Gardens, FL1,416 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This site is really a triple threat. The Anglican Cathedral is unexpected in Stone Town. Elegant and large, it attests to the power of colonial influence. The Museum is interesting but mostly information panels. You could spend a long time here but you'd do just as well reading a book about the subject. The Slave Cells are troubling and a must when visiting Stone Town. The cells really give you an idea of how awful man can be to man. Instructive and powerful, everyone should be made to spend some time in these hot, cramped quarters to try to make them understand that this must be prevented in the future at all costs.
Written July 24, 2021
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Hilary.c
London, UK69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
When we arrived, we were approached by a man on the street claiming to work there and was our tour guide that was included in the entrance fee, then we would have to tip him. We tried to tell him we didn't require a guide, but he insisted, but it turned out that we were really thankful he was there! There's no signs or information boards really so having something walk us through the different parts of the sight was helpful. It was an emotional eery experience, definitely worth a visit. We spend two hours there, taking our time. Don't miss this, it'll show you a very real piece of history and help you understand the island.
Written October 6, 2020
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Tatiana P
London, UK187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
It's a very humbling experience to learn about slave trade in a place where it was happening - quite literally. Your visit to Zanzibar will not be complete without visiting Old Salve Market. I'd also encourage everyone to take their time and dedicate more time in museum, and read thoroughly about the history of Zanzibar and slave trade.
Written November 22, 2020
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miq
Stupava, Slovakia109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
the cathedral is is surprisingly big but nothing special inside. on the right side you can find the famous sculpture of slaves.
the museum is very informative, lot of pictures and text - so in case you are a bit into historical events, prepare at least an hour here.
Written March 28, 2021
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Marilise Van Eck
South Africa335 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Couples
To see where people was kept and the oxygen was so low to see where al lot of people died in one little space is mind blowing. The church is beautiful inside and also have great history. We will also recommend Juma as tour guide he told us what we Needed to know otherwise you will not know where to see everything his number is +255 777 219 121 . He made the tour interesting and did give us the highlights. Wow it scary to know what happened back then.
Written January 4, 2021
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JudyOswestryUK
Oswestry, UK304 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
On arrival there is a security check and pay desk ,can’tt remember exact amount but reasonable entrance fee. A guide attached himself as usual to us,when we said we didn’t need he said was included in entrance price! He was able to direct us around in the correct order seeing the inside of the cathedral, memorial ,and cellar, then left us back at the fascinating display with explanation of history and photos, this was well presented and thought provoking. We were pleased not to be tied to a group tour as we spent far longer here than many being rushed round. This is not a museum to be missed , if you don’t do anything else on your visit to Stonetown, visit this!
Written October 25, 2023
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748glennb
Kelowna, Canada194 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Well worth a visit to see the sad history of the slave trade in Western Africa. The underground holding vaults are horrid and give you a sense of what these people lived through before the market. The displays in the church about the slave trade are well done and the Anglican Church is beautiful. Definitely worth a visit
Written February 13, 2020
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Sharon
54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
A sobering experience. There is a 5 dollar entry per person and would recommend you take the guide that approaches you. We had a very knowledgeable guide called David. If you don't have a guide you won't know where to go. There was a room at the end with plenty of information about the history of slavery in the region. I read some reviews about how dirty the place is etc. I think the place gives you a good idea about the awful inhumanity of man.
Written August 2, 2023
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Martin Niemoller
Los Angeles, CA671 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
You got to go here to remind yourself (& the world) that Stone City, Zanzibar is mostly on the map because of the slave trade that the Sultan (with coercion from England) outlawed in 1783! Unfortunately in the world, the ILLEGAL slave trade goes on!

Zanzibar still honors the memory of the slave trade with historical tours. Don't do this one on your own lest you miss so much. We had a knowledgeable guide, Khamis Mpoka!
Written March 22, 2020
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Wandering_about_Africa
Perth, Australia57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
The East African Slave Trade Exhibit is a must-see for anyone visiting Stone Town. We first went in 2018, and on our return to Zanzibar a couple of weeks ago, it was top of our list to see again. Nothing has changed but it was as fascinating, informative, and emotive as the first time we went.

The storyboards tell the history of the slave trade in East Africa and across the world. The story is told in a very impartial, factual way which, in these days when apparently unconscious bias pervades absolutely everything, is very important. You cannot help but be moved by the horrific ways in which humans can treat and profiteer from one another. There are few artifacts, it is primarily a lot of reading undertaken right in the spot where this terrible history was centred.

The cathedral is also wonderful. We went on New Year's Day, and were welcomed inside during the service that was being conducted. I cannot understand much Swahili, but just to be present among the local people and their faith, in this beautiful cathedral built on the site of such misery...it was a solemn but inspiring way to begin the new year. At time when there is no service being conducted, you can take photos of the lovely stained glass windows, and see the artifacts around the cathedral.
Written January 16, 2023
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