Snapshots from Stone Town, Zanzibar


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.
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.
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.
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!


House, where Freddie Mercury was born


Old Fort of Zanzibar, the oldest building in Stone Town


Meat market



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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