House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), Stone Town

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#5 of 14 in Historic Sites in Zanzibar Island
Admire colonial and fin-de-si├Ęcle architecture at House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), a landmark building in Stone Town. Built in 1883 as a modern lavish palace for a pro-British sultan and slave trader, this extravagant building was the first in Zanzibar to have electricity and running water. Today, it houses a museum of local heritage. Learn about the culture of coastal and inland Swahili tribes, browsing through a collection of artifacts and photographs, and explore restored period rooms. Don't miss the highlight, a large mtepe, or traditional Swahili boat. Check out the cannons in the yard, and get a great view of the port and a historic fort. Put House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) at the forefront of your travel plans using our Zanzibar City tour builder app .
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  • This must have been a beautiful building at some point but sadly stands derelict being supported by steel scaffolding. A shame as it should be the stand out attraction in this interesting little town....  more »
  • You can see this from outside as it is currently under renovation. Called the House of Wonder because it was the first house in the region to have had an elevator inside it for the 3 floors inside the...  more »
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  • If you are visiting Zanzibar, Beit Al Ajaib or the House of Wonders is a Must to visit which will take you through the time travel. Zanzibar authorities preserved the place very nicely. The terrace overlooking the sea is simply refreshing and shall make you melancholy.
  • I recommend to visit, This building itself has a history
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