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Zanzibar National Archives

Zanzibar National Archives (Nyerere Road, Kilimani, Zanzibar) – located outside the main town, about 2km along Nyerere road from the Mnazi Moja Hospital (in an area called Kilimani), are the Zanzibar Archives. Here, history buffs would likely immerse themselves with the documents and other materials that are housed here. For those interested in tracing the […]

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Pujini

Pujini (a.k.a. Mkama Ndume) Ruins (Pemba) – those visiting the island of Pemba will come across these 13th century ruins of a one-time fortified town. Located 10 km southeast of Chake Chake, Pujini was the official seat of the infamous Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman — who ruled Pemba around the 15th century prior to the […]

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Peace Memorial Museum

Peace Memorial Museum – this museum contains exhibits and records which make up the rich history of Zanzibar, from the early days of the Omani Sultans and the British colonial period right up until independence. This magnificent structure houses old and new history books, a selection of archaeological findings, plus records of early trade, slavery, […]

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Palace Museum

Palace Museum (Stone Town, Zanzibar) – this was the official residence of the Sultan of Zanzibar until the island became part of Tanzania in 1964 (when that ruling dynasty came to an end). The ground floor displays details of the formative period of the sultanate from 1828 to 1870 during which commercial treaties were signed […]

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Old Fort of Zanzibar

Old Fort of Zanzibar (Stone Town, Zanzibar) — the Abusaidi family of Omani Arabs, who had gained control of Zanzibar in 1698, following two centuries of Portuguese occupation, built this massive structure in the 1700s. The Arabs used the fort to defend themselves against the Portuguese and against a rival Omani group. In recent years […]

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Old Dispensary

Old Dispensary (Malindi Road, Zanzibar) – this building was completed in 1894 by Tharia Thopen (one of Zanzibar’s wealthiest residents at the time) to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Britain’s Queen Victoria. It is a grand four story building with a set of decorative balconies. It served as a dispensary during colonial times but fell […]

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Mosque of Kizimkazi

Mosque of Kizimkazi (Dimbani, Zanzibar) – located toward the southern tip of Zanzibar, this is the site of a Shiraz mosque dating from the early 12th century. It’s considered one of the oldest Islamic buildings on the East African coast. Nearby, just above the high water mark on the beach, are the remains of an […]

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Maruhubi Palace Ruins

Ruinas del palacio Maruhubi (Zanzíbar): ubicado a 4 km de la ciudad de Zanzíbar, este sitio fue construido en 1882 por el sultán Barghash para su harén de lo que se dice que es una esposa y 99 concubinas. Alguna vez fue una de las residencias más impresionantes de la isla. Construida en estilo árabe, […]

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Kidichi Persian Baths

Kidichi Persian Baths (Zanzibar)– located about 11 km northeast of Zanzibar Town is this site, which were originally built by Sultan Seyyid Said for his Persian wife back in 1850. The Baths are well maintained both inside and out, with some very good examples of the domed skylights that allowed light to enter the windowless […]

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House of Wonders

House of Wonders (Mizingani Road, Stone Town, Zanzibar) – this was the palace of Sultan Barghash (1837-1888), which got its name from the fact it was the first building in Zanzibar to have electricity, and the hundreds of light bulbs glowing at night must have made it truly a wondrous house. This four-story building, surrounded […]