Zanzibar 2013: Stone Town

While in Zanzibar, Marisa and I took a walking tour of Stone Town. Stone Town is on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. It’s a place where Arabs, Persians, Indians, and Europeans traveled thousands of miles to trade slaves and spices with East Africans. Its history and architecture has been influenced by all these cultures, making it a very unique city.
In the picture above, you can see the steeple of a church on the left and one of a mosque on the right. Zanzibar is over 99% Muslim, but smaller populations of other religions exist. I was most fascinated with the Hindu temple. I was good friends with a Hindu girl in elementary school and was familiar with the different symbols and deities, but I had never actually been in a temple before. I adored all the colors in this one.
In the pictures below you can see one thing Zanzibar is famous for: its beautifully carved doors.
Freddy Mercury, the lead singer of Queen, was born in Stone Town in the house above on the right. We didn’t get to go inside, which I was kind of bummed about, but the entrance of the home is a popular spot for tourists.
 Another stop on our walking tour was the market. We were warned that the smell of the fish market would be not for the faint of heart… or nose. Growing up on fishing boats and simply living by the sea made it easy for me. Walking through the butchery area was the hard part. Don’t get me wrong, I love a juicy, medium-rare steak, but the stench of rotting flesh hanging from hooks on all sides of me was nauseating. I couldn’t handle it.
I still have more to share from Stone Town but I’ll save it for another day. 🙂

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