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  • Stone Town – The Cultural Capital Of Zanzibar

    Wed, Dec 9, 2009


    Stone town is considered as ethnically, traditionally and architecturally vital capital town of the Zanzibar Island designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. In the Stone Town one can kill time by drifting through the slim labyrinthine roads and alleyways where lichens and mosses adhere to old soggy rickety coral ribbed walls. Sunlight gliding through the buildings covers the tiny squares and road side cafes in its soothing radiance. The slim lanes pass amid thousands of buildings of shops, markets stalls, internet café and restaurants which strive to stand along different cultural structures and monuments. The people are fun loving, enjoy international soccer games roadside, kids giggle and play around the streets and elderly sit aside and discuss things of domestic, national or international importance. The Quran chants that happen in Madrassa would grab your attention with its high volume.

    Key attractions of the Stone town

    The first thing that is seen when you enter the Zanibar is the port and sea front; you would be in the ferry and slowly accelerating down to link craft towards the harbor.

    Clock Tower on the zenith of the House of Wanders oversee the wonderful the buildings which are there in the island. After the completion of immigration check ups, you would drift out of the Port Authority and by turning right youn would get yourself into Mizingani Road.

    The opening of the amazing structures to your eyes would start happening, the first being the 4 storied ancient Khoja Shia Itnasheri Dispensery which would blow your minds with its astonishing decorated and designed balconies. The dispensary is said to have been built in the last years of 19th century by a well-known Indian merchant and banker called in

    On going further along the Mizingani Road, Beit-al-Sahel the Palace Museum exist which was constructed as the authorized palace for Sultan of Zanzibar and after the Zanizibar Revolution the dynasty lost its rule.

    The fruit and food market, built in early 1900s, midway along Creek Road is nice place for shopping and to get involved into sight seeing. It is an important market sea foods and aromatic spices.

    The places are chaotic in the day time but by night all fall silent and the only place you can find nightlife is Forodhani Gardens which has many discotheques, bars and the recreation continues till wee hours.

    The age old museum, Peace Memorial Museum has exhibitions which showcase the ancient rich history of the Zanzibar; the museum has successfully restored the records from those of Omani Sultans to that of British Colonial period and the independence.

    How you can reach the Stone Town

    You can get down at Zanzibar Airport. There are ferries which operate to Zanzibar from Dar-es-Salaam. The Stone Town can also be reached through the main road from the Zanzibar Airport.

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