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The Maze of Stone Town

11 Jan

Stone Town is the cultural heart of Zanzibar little changed in the last 200 years. Most of the houses that can be seen there today were built in the 19th century when Island was one of the most important trading centres in the Indian Ocean region. The old city is filled with winding alleys, mosques, bazaars and Arab houses whose original owners competed with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings. I was especially fascinated by antique wooden doors carved from hardwood often decorated with studs and bosses of iron or brass. As far as I know there are over 500 different examples of this magnificent hand work. I would like to invite you to wander with me through the amazing labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways of Stone Town.

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Posted by on January 11, 2012 in Zanzibar

 

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