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“Horrifying Monument”

Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, Stonetown
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Stone Town Guided Tour from Zanzibar
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

During 18th and 19th centuries, Zanzibar was considered one of the largest Slave Trade Market in the world, under the rule of Omani Arab rulers. When the British gained influence in Zanzibar in 19th century, slave trade was got abolished by them in 1876. However, the sale of slaves continued in some forms until it was finally declared illegal in 1897 after Zanzibar became a British Protectorate in 1890. Zanzibar Slave Market was the most infamous trade center of slaves who were subjected to worst kind of inhuman treatment. There were three big slave markets in the island of Zanzibar. But the most infamous and brutal market was in Stone Town, remains of which can still be seen in the courtyard of Anglican Cathedral and St. Monica’s Hostel on New Mkunazini Road. There are 15 slave chambers in the courtyard out of which only two horrifying cells are open to the public. About 65-70 slaves were kept in these gloomy and miserable cells each. The entry ticket for Slave Chambers and Anglican Cathedral was 5$.
The Anglican Christ Church Cathedral was built in 1873 by Edward Steere, the third Bishop of Zanzibar who was famous as British abolitionist. Bishop Steer died in 1882 and was buried behind the altar. The Church is located on the grounds where the island's largest slave market was once positioned.
The wooden cross was made from the tree beneath which the famed explorer and anti-slavery crusader Dr. David Livingstone’s heart was buried. He died in a village of Zambia in 1873 while searching for the source of the River Nile. His loyal companions, Susi and Chumah, removed his heart and buried it under the tree at the spot where he died. They dried his body in the sun for two weeks before carrying it back to Zanzibar.

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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Nothing really to see in Stone Town so we opted to at least visit the Old Slave Market museum. I'm sure glad we did, it's done really well with lots of information to read and pictures to check out inside. The entrance is 5USD or equivalent. Don't get fooled into getting a "free" guide at the entrance unless you really want one of course. A man approached us and told us we could get a free guide with our entrance fee, in which we replied, "no, thank you." He tried to make it seem like we wouldn't be able to understand anything without a guide. We still declined and I'm glad because actually all the information is written in English (as well as Swahili) so definitely no need for a guide. Just walk around and read what you want at your own pace. The building itself is pretty hot but the occasionally breeze will come through if you're lucky. There's also a small video room for having a short break. After you exit the building, there's the memorial in the back not to miss.

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Reviewed 9 February 2017

We took an inexpensive private guided tour of the anglican cathedral, the old slave market, the prison where they kept the slaves and finished in the slavery museum. It was powerful, educational, interesting and moving. I would really recommend it to anyone in Stonetown. In fact, it was my favorite part visiting the city.

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Reviewed 6 February 2017

Interesting visit with a nice guide, it is worth to know that important part of the city history, recommended.

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Reviewed 6 February 2017

Very disturbing to see what was done to fellow human beings - shackles, separation from family and sold.

You can see (outside) where Freddie Murcury was born - pretty unimpressive!

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