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Slave Market

An Anglican cathedral now stands on this site where slaves once suffered before being sold into harsh servitude.

The Slave Market of Stone Town has been inactive for decades, but memorials provide remembrance of the horrific acts that once took place here. Visit this site and reflect on the atrocities of the past as you stand in the shadow of the Anglican Church.

Learn about the important role slavery played in Zanzibar’s history. For nearly 1,000 years, Arab traders traveled to the interior of Africa as far as the Congo, where they purchased or kidnapped healthy young people. The slaves who didn’t perish on the long march to Africa’s eastern coast were put in dhows and transported to Zanzibar for sale.

Slaves were crowded into underground holding cells where they awaited the market day. Chained to a whipping post, they were slashed by stinging branches. Those best able to withstand the whipping drew the highest prices. Learn more facts about this brutal history in displays and excavations inside the church.

Slavery was officially banned in the nation in 1873 and the island’s market finally closed. In the 1870s the Anglican Cathedral was built over the site of the slave market. Near the altar, see the spot where the whipping post once stood.

Dr. David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary, was a key influence in driving awareness and abolitionist activities. Look for the cross that is a memorial to his efforts.

View an outdoor art installation of life-sized sculptures of slaves chained together in an open chamber, much less crowded conditions than the slaves actually experienced. The artwork is Memory for the Slaves by Clara Sornas.

The Slave Market of Zanzibar is near the center of Stone Town, about a 10-minute walk south of Zanzibar Port. Pay a fee to enter the Christ Church Anglican Cathedral to see the museum displays. Stone Town of Zanzibar has been identified as a UNESCO heritage site.


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    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Stone Town, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district and within a 10-minute walk of Old Fort, Forodhani Gardens, and House of Wonders. Christ Church Cathedral is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away.

    Maru Maru Hotel $108
    Maru Maru Hotel

    Maru Maru Hotel

    Gizenga Street, Shangani, Zanzibar Town, Zanzibar
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Stone Town, this beach hotel is steps from Old Fort and Forodhani Gardens. Shangani Beach and Christ Church Cathedral are also within 5 minutes.

      Dhow Palace Hotel $67
      Dhow Palace Hotel

      Dhow Palace Hotel

      Kenyatta Road / Baghani Street, Stone Town, Zanzibar Town
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Stone Town, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Old Fort and Shangani Beach. Nakupenda Beach is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.

        DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Zanzibar - Stone Town
        DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Zanzibar - Stone Town

        DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Zanzibar - Stone Town

        90 / 90A Shanghani, Zanzibar Town
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Stone Town, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Old Fort and Forodhani Gardens. Christ Church Cathedral and Prison Island are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Tausi Palace Hotel $70
          Tausi Palace Hotel

          Tausi Palace Hotel

          Baghani Street, Zanzibar Town
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Stone Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Fort and Shangani Beach. Nakupenda Beach is 2 mi (3.3 km) away.

            Tembo House Hotel & Apartments $56
            Tembo House Hotel & Apartments

            Tembo House Hotel & Apartments

            Forodhani Street, Zanzibar Town
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Stone Town, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Old Fort and Forodhani Gardens. House of Wonders and Christ Church Cathedral are also within 10 minutes.

              The Swahili House
              The Swahili House

              The Swahili House

              Stone Town, Zanzibar Town
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Stone Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Christ Church Cathedral and Shangani Beach. Nakupenda Beach is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.

                Zanzibar Coffee House $99
                Zanzibar Coffee House

                Zanzibar Coffee House

                Mkunazini, Zanzibar Town
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Stone Town, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Christ Church Cathedral and Shangani Beach. Nakupenda Beach is 2 mi (3.2 km) away.