Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, Zanzibar City

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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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  • This is a really important place that everyone visiting Stonetown should take in. The church itself is nice enough but its the slavery museum that is incredibly poignant - particularly the holding...  more »
  • This site is really a triple threat. The Anglican Cathedral is unexpected in Stone Town. Elegant and large, it attests to the power of colonial influence. The Museum is interesting but mostly...  more »
  • A cathedral built in honor of ending slavery in Zanzibar, underground will leave an impression on you......
  • If you don’t know your history, you will not know your future nor be grateful if your present.

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