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Best Places To See In Stone Town
Stone Town is the cultural heart of Zanzibar, and also the capital city of Zanzibar Island. It is the oldest city in Zanzibar and was recently declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is still a real community and not a museum. Keeping this fact in mind, sensitivity should be shown to the people living there.
Most of the houses in Stone town Zanzibar were built during the 19th century using the coraline rock of Zanzibar, with brass studded, intrinsically carved wooden doors. These houses were originally built by the Arabs vied with each other over the extravagance of their grand houses.
One can see bustling bazaars there on both the sides of the narrow roads of Stone Town Zanzibar, with beautiful articles projecting African culture. Taking a stroll through these streets by just watching these beautiful houses with these brass studded doors and visiting these shops is a fascinating experience. It is said that there are more than 500 such houses in this city.
It is best seen with the help of a tour guide who can explain each and everything in detail, amusing you with Zanzibar's wonderful history. There are many important places to visit here. We had taken the help of a tour guide who was recommended by a friend visited this place earlier. He was highly helpful in showing us the city with the detailed information.
The Peace Memorial Museum showing the history of Zanzibar.
The Palace Museum - Built in late 1890s, this large white building was for the Sultan's family to live. Now it is a museum dedicated to the history of Zanzibar's Sultans.
House of Wonders (Beit el Ajaib) -Built in 1883, this large square shaped building with many stories, was the first building in Zanzibar to have electricity and an elevator. A large tower clock can be seen on the top of it. Locally it is referred as Beit el Ajaib.
The Arab Fort - The fort was built between 1698 and 1701 by the Busaidi group of Omani Arabs. Now an open air theatre and many shops are housed here.
The Old Dispensary - Located on Zanzibar's seafront on Mizingani road, this four story building with a set of decorative balconies is now known as the Stone Town Cultural Centre.
Livingstone's House - Built around 1860, this ancient house was originally for Sultan Majid. One of the notable persons who lived here was Dr David Livingstone. He lived here before commencing his last journey to the mainland interior.
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