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Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral

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The Heritage Centre therefore among other things aims at promoting tolerance, reconciliation and an inclusive society, bridging social and ethnic divides by telling the story of this dark chapter in the region’s history in an open and factual way...more
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Mkunazini Road, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
+255 24 223 5348
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Brief historical overview in a sobering structure where 50, 75, and more were held at a time furnishing slaves out of Africa to the Middle East and Oceania. Hopefully one day we can completely end the remaining slave trade and grow up as a race.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank dutemplar
Reviewed yesterday

Very important historic place in Stone Town representing the dark side of the history of humanity. The church raised at the site of a former slave market and over here you could find out all about slavery, you coud see underlying conditions the slaves lived...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A must when in Stone Town. Very confronting to be at center of the slavery in east Africa. The site is small but worth paying a visit to. It is not a fun thing to do but necessary to understand that this sort of atrocity...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mrsdutchy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are a number of reminders around the Cathedral of some dark aspects of our past. Probably the most revealing are the slave cellars but the more recent memorial is compelling as well. There is also an excellent presentation on the history of slavery, in...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The ticket to visit the cathedral and the underground slaves chambers is only $5. I went there without a guide and learnt about the history of the site and the slave market simply reading all informative panels. At some point I had tears in my...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank the_inked_traveller
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Zanzibar has a tradition of slave trade and in a way this is a topic that can intrigue a lot - why was Zanzibar so important - what’s the history behind it and in what way slavery still exists in our actual world. To all...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank EricF7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour offered is itself brief but very informative. It covers the history of the immediate area as it relates to the slave trade in Eastern Africa. The exhibits offer much more information if you take the time to read them.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Gone2day
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If we want to deal with the future, you have to learn to live with the past. Not a pleasant place to visit but it is a must. Small museum about slavery on the Indian Ocean, and a visit of the chambers where black bodies...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank KrisBerw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum provides a comprehensive history of slavery in Africa and Stonetown's role in its execution. It's augmented with stories of the slaves that really bring it alive. It finishes with a view of how slavery continues in modern day.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Northstar748231
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting place with plenty of history to read about or hire a guide. We stumbled upon the place on our first day in Stone Town, I'm glad we did. The first section is posters with pictures and written history. Go downstairs to the chambers....More

Date of experience: January 2019
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December 28, 2015|
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Response from AnglicanZanzibar | Property representative |
Hello, Sorry this is a late reply, yes we do recommend you get a hotel in zanzibar, it will be hard to do a tour and travel back to mainland tanzania on the same day.