Explore Stone Town
Wander the labyrinth of narrow streets and winding alleys, the cultural heart of Zanzibar
Also known as Mij Mkongwe, which is Swahili for ‘Old Town’, Stone Town is the oldest part of Zanzibar City, declared a world heritage site for its rich cultural heritage of Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements. A maze of narrow streets houses a plethora of interesting architecture, including Persian baths, Arab brass studded doors and impressive mosques.
Top points of interest
The Arab Fort (Ngome Kongwe), built in the late 17th century and located on the main seafront, next to the former palace of the Sultan of Zanzibar. The fort was later used as a prison and as barracks.
Darjani Bazaar is not to be missed it you want to experience an authentic East African market, selling a wide range of groceries from meat and fish to spices and produce, as well as a variety of wares and crafts.
The Old Dispensary, this impressive four storey building has a long and interesting history. Located right on Zanzibar’s seafront, it’s now the town’s cultural centre and houses its own restaurant along with several shops and offices.
The Anglican Cathedral of Christ Church, built in 1873 by Edward Steer, the third Bishop of Zanzibar and famous British abolitionist, its High Altar symbolically stands on the location of the whipping-post of the island’s old slave market.
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