Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, Stone Town

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#1 of 14 in Historic Sites in Zanzibar Island
A coral stone Canterbury-style Church of Christ, Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral has been built on the site of the old slave market from when Zanzibar was a huge slaving center under the British-supported Muscat and Oman Sultanate. Next to the church, you can enter slave chambers in the cellars of the old Anglican Mission House, that's now a hostel. Built in 1873-1883, the cathedral's altar is believed to stand at the place of the old whipping post. Boasting a cross made out of the tree under which the heart of David Livingston was buried in 1873, this active cathedral features a huge rectangular bell tower with a clock. In the churchyard, view a concrete sculpture of slaves exiting a holding cell from underground made by a Swedish sculptor. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral by using our Zanzibar City visit planner .
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  • We visited as part of a walking tour of Stone Town and I would recommend that you have a guide as ours really brought the history to life. The slave market is an intrinsic part of the history of the i...  more »
  • Interesting, but poorly preserved, like almost all Stone Town, the Anglican church is not worth much, most striking the underground where the slaves are located
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