Snapshots from Stone Town, Zanzibar

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Snapshots from Stone Town, Zanzibar

Did you know that Freddie Mercury was born in Stone Town in Zanzibar? Just a piece of interesting trivia for you…
Prior to hopping on a small ship bound for Madagascar, I spent a couple of very hot hours under the sun meandering around the picturesque Stone Town, the main city of Zanzibar. Founded in the 19th century, Stone Town was a flourishing centre of the spice trade as well as the slave trade; nowadays it is a bustling, sometimes unsettling chaos, and for the first time I felt like I was truly in Africa.
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The heart of Stone Town mostly consists of a maze of narrow alleys lined by houses, shops, bazaars and mosques. I loved the architecture of the city: an amalgamation of Arabic and Indian influences, mostly white-washed houses with oriental detail here and there. And, of course, the intricately carved heavy wooden doors, which caught my eye every other minute: doors that are perfect examples of doors.
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I also visited the main market, selling a proliferation of exotic and colourful spices, an exciting assortment of ripe fruits, meats and fish that were covered in hundreds of flies – I do wonder how many people get upset stomachs in this corner of the world. To tell you the truth, I have never been to such a chaotic market: countless people everywhere you look scurrying around, pushy street vendors every meter or so, trying their hardest to sell you a piece of their merchandise. I only managed to last for about quarter of an hour, before making my way to what in comparison was a people-less harbour.
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I would definitely like to come back to Stone Town, and Zanzibar in general, so that I can spend more time exploring every nook and corner of this wonderful, albeit slightly chaotic city at times. And I hear that Zanzibar beaches are amongst the best in the world!
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House, where Freddie Mercury was born

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Old Fort of Zanzibar, the oldest building in Stone Town

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Meat market


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St. Joseph’s Cathedral, one of the most important historical buildings in Stone Town

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One response to “Snapshots from Stone Town, Zanzibar”

  1. Many thanks for the informative post.

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