Stone Town, Zanzibar

Stone Town or Mji Mkongwe in Swahili, is the main city of Zanzibar. The name is derived from the coral stones that were used for construction. The city is historically known for its slave and spice trade.

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Stone Town has a blend of Arab, Indian and Persian elements but the Arab elements stood out the most to me. The archipelago was once controlled by the Sultanate of Oman, hence, it strong Arabic culture. It is also well-known for its Arabic and Indian style doors.

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Streets are extremely narrow and barely wide enough for cars to pass making bicycles and motorbikes the preferred mode of transportation.

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While it is a UNESCO Heritage Site, there has been little done to preserve the city. Many places are in deteriorating conditions.

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It was nice to explore the cultural aspect of Zanzibar. Even though the island is most-known for its luxurious beaches and resorts, it is very rich in history and culture.

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