Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral

Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral

Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral
4.5
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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. The creation of the Heritage Centre, and making it accessible to school children, who are the country’s future leaders, is also aimed to promote interfaith and inter-communal dialogue and understanding. Furthermore The Site is an important tourist destination, and by improving visitors’ facilities at the site and making it more informative and stimulating, the tourism industry as a whole will benefit, creating jobs and wealth, and helping to reduce poverty. The Heritage Centre among other things is also benefiting many people as it is a great opportunity to promote interfaith relations in Zanzibar.
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  • ybjolly
    87 contributions
    Very insightful, powerful and educational experience
    Very insightful, powerful and educational experience. Only 5USD per person. Highly recommended to take along the guide who will give good explanation and context to all sites visited - only payment is a tip. We really enjoyed the experience and I liked the museum at the end - very informative.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 3 January 2023
  • anatolie avram
    Romania21 contributions
    Sad history
    Very interesting but sad,I felt sad when I entered this place ,it's very sad to buy and sell humans. It was very painful history but it's worth a visit to see and learn on how people were treated in the past.get a local guide to give you the full history ,Mr suleiman our guide was very knowledgeable+255 756 983 368. Everyone recommends his services and I can give him 5 stars for his hardworking to ensure his clients enjoy the tour .
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 January 2023
  • Wandering_about_Africa
    Perth, Australia43 contributions
    A must-see in Stone Town
    The East African Slave Trade Exhibit is a must-see for anyone visiting Stone Town. We first went in 2018, and on our return to Zanzibar a couple of weeks ago, it was top of our list to see again. Nothing has changed but it was as fascinating, informative, and emotive as the first time we went. The storyboards tell the history of the slave trade in East Africa and across the world. The story is told in a very impartial, factual way which, in these days when apparently unconscious bias pervades absolutely everything, is very important. You cannot help but be moved by the horrific ways in which humans can treat and profiteer from one another. There are few artifacts, it is primarily a lot of reading undertaken right in the spot where this terrible history was centred. The cathedral is also wonderful. We went on New Year's Day, and were welcomed inside during the service that was being conducted. I cannot understand much Swahili, but just to be present among the local people and their faith, in this beautiful cathedral built on the site of such misery...it was a solemn but inspiring way to begin the new year. At time when there is no service being conducted, you can take photos of the lovely stained glass windows, and see the artifacts around the cathedral.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 16 January 2023
  • Haytham Abu Firas
    Qatar14,379 contributions
    So sad
    Location description The Anglican Cathedral of Christ Church was built in Stone Town in the place where the biggest slave market of Eastern Africa operated. Its altar was placed exactly where the slaves for sale were whipped. On the floor, among the benches, there are black cobblestones as a remembrance of the dungeons used for slaves in the basement. Outside the Cathedral, there is a stone monument showing four people enchained by their necks as a way of reproducing the way in which slaves were offered to buyers. Near the Church there is the Exhibition of the Slave Market of Eastern Africa, an exhibition center that displays pictures, photographs and historical information.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 March 2023
  • Sharon
    23 contributions
    Sobering visit to a place where awful things happened
    A sobering experience. There is a 5 dollar entry per person and would recommend you take the guide that approaches you. We had a very knowledgeable guide called David. If you don't have a guide you won't know where to go. There was a room at the end with plenty of information about the history of slavery in the region. I read some reviews about how dirty the place is etc. I think the place gives you a good idea about the awful inhumanity of man.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 August 2023
  • TravelingAmos
    New Jersey680 contributions
    Required Viewing
    We had some difficulty finding the place after shopping in Darajani Market. Eventually we asked a vendor who pointed us in the right direction. This place is full of some sad but vital history. After paying admission ($5/person, I think), you can hire a licensed tour guide who works for tips. Our guide was good. He explained all the aspects that did not have written explanations, and he pointed out where we would encounter stairs, for my mother who had some difficulty walking.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Kimberley S
    Miami, Florida1,163 contributions
    Significant part of the towns history
    This was one of the most significant stops on my Stonetown walking tour. I am not very keen on topics of slavery (I'm black, it distresses me) but it is a part of history. The churches are beautiful and being Sunday there were services being held. Could not go inside, however walked the grounds. Went into the section with the underground area where slaves were kept. There is some folks selling beautiful art, jewelry at the top of the stairs.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 September 2023
  • JudyOswestryUK
    Oswestry, United Kingdom240 contributions
    Thought provoking,well displayed museum
    On arrival there is a security check and pay desk ,can’tt remember exact amount but reasonable entrance fee. A guide attached himself as usual to us,when we said we didn’t need he said was included in entrance price! He was able to direct us around in the correct order seeing the inside of the cathedral, memorial ,and cellar, then left us back at the fascinating display with explanation of history and photos, this was well presented and thought provoking. We were pleased not to be tied to a group tour as we spent far longer here than many being rushed round. This is not a museum to be missed , if you don’t do anything else on your visit to Stonetown, visit this!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 October 2023
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amandime colette
Cannes, France8 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
very sad place with the history of slave trade.A visit to zanzibar wont be complete without a visit to the slace market and learn alot about how slaves were treated.we spent an hour in this museum with our proffesional guide suleiman +255 756 983 368.I would recommend that you have a guide to learn the history.
Written 1 November 2023
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JudyOswestryUK
Oswestry, UK240 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
On arrival there is a security check and pay desk ,can’tt remember exact amount but reasonable entrance fee. A guide attached himself as usual to us,when we said we didn’t need he said was included in entrance price! He was able to direct us around in the correct order seeing the inside of the cathedral, memorial ,and cellar, then left us back at the fascinating display with explanation of history and photos, this was well presented and thought provoking. We were pleased not to be tied to a group tour as we spent far longer here than many being rushed round. This is not a museum to be missed , if you don’t do anything else on your visit to Stonetown, visit this!
Written 25 October 2023
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Travellikeapolish
Poland3 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
It is worth a visit to open your mind and it makes you think about a lot of things. Very hard to digest but you must broaden your knowledge about dark history.
Written 19 October 2023
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Kimberley S
Miami, FL1,163 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
This was one of the most significant stops on my Stonetown walking tour. I am not very keen on topics of slavery (I'm black, it distresses me) but it is a part of history. The churches are beautiful and being Sunday there were services being held. Could not go inside, however walked the grounds. Went into the section with the underground area where slaves were kept. There is some folks selling beautiful art, jewelry at the top of the stairs.
Written 27 September 2023
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oldu m
Accra, Ghana5 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Enjoyed the walking tour of the old town,The stone town is really worth for the history,if you like history its the best choice for you. i liked the slave market memorial.The monument is very well done.This was a very emotional experience.Get a good guide who can teach you the history,Thanks to Suley our guide his whatsaap +255 756 983 368,He was very nice and he made our day in stone town
Written 20 September 2023
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orl
Dublin, Ireland142 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
Our guide in there was excellent. Well-informed. The story is nuanced and tragic. Allow time to read wall panels. Very interesting.
Written 8 September 2023
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TravelingAmos
New Jersey680 contributions
Jul 2023
We had some difficulty finding the place after shopping in Darajani Market. Eventually we asked a vendor who pointed us in the right direction. This place is full of some sad but vital history. After paying admission ($5/person, I think), you can hire a licensed tour guide who works for tips. Our guide was good. He explained all the aspects that did not have written explanations, and he pointed out where we would encounter stairs, for my mother who had some difficulty walking.
Written 20 August 2023
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Sharon
23 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
A sobering experience. There is a 5 dollar entry per person and would recommend you take the guide that approaches you. We had a very knowledgeable guide called David. If you don't have a guide you won't know where to go. There was a room at the end with plenty of information about the history of slavery in the region. I read some reviews about how dirty the place is etc. I think the place gives you a good idea about the awful inhumanity of man.
Written 2 August 2023
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Fermino F
Dubai, United Arab Emirates9 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Interesting history about zanzibar.we learnt the history of the slave trade.better to have a guide
We had a very knowleagable guide suleiman +255756983368
The museum is we worth a visit to the history addicts.only 5$ entraance fee.
Definitely a must .
Written 31 July 2023
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jan n
Brussels, Belgium10 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
very interesting history but make sure you have a guide .the monument are impressive and the history was interesting.worth a visit to learn the history
Written 9 July 2023
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