SLAVE TRADE MARKET
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$.
ANGLICAN CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST CHURCH
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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