The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe), Stone Town

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Explore the high brown walls and various entrances of The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe), a landmark building of the Old Town and a popular tourist destination. Featuring crenelated stone battlements with upright merlons, embrasures, and entrances with pointed arches, the fort with its inner courtyard has been converted into a cultural center dotted with curio shops. Built by the Omanis as a defense against the Portuguese in the 17th century, this remains the oldest standing structure in the Stone Town. Buy some tingatinga paintings and traditional handicrafts from the shops, or watch a performance in the fort's open-air amphitheater. Use our Zanzibar City holiday planner to visit The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe) on your trip to Zanzibar City, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • It’s an ok place to visit you definitely can’t miss it while in Zanzibar. On the inside it opens up to an amphitheater type area and open field. Also, it has some shops inside.  more »
  • The old fort looks quite imposing from the outside but when you go inside, unfortunately it doesn't quite live up to it. One 1/2 is taken up by a relatively modern concrete amphitheatre and tourist...  more »
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  • Great architectural reminder of the rich history of Zanzibar. Providing the perfect location for cultural festivals and local art lovers. Forodhani park, Stone Town's lovely narrow streets, The House of Wonders and the great view of the Ocean are a fees steps away
  • The Old Fort so named now was built in 1699 by Omani Arabs after expelling the Portuguese. It silently spells out it glorious past. Amphitheatre was added in 1990s. It is one of important tourist attractions in Stone Town, Zanzibar. There are many other historical places to visit in Stone Town, Zanzibar.Good luck.
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