The European occupants of Zanzibar left their mark on the city’s face too. The enormous Anglican cathedral was built on the orders of the famous Bishop Steere, champion of the anti-slavery movement and head of the powerful Universities Mission to Central Africa. As a final triumph of church over commerce, the church was consecrated on the site of the former slave market, with the altar taking the place of the whipping post at its centre. The wooden crucifix is made from the tree under which David Livingstone, the abolitionists’ champion, died in Zambia.
Page: 1 Walking around Zanzibar’s famous Stone Town is an architecture buff’s delight – the variety of building styles on view provides a whistle-stop tour of the island’s long and varied history. Arab mansions with high, blank white walls sit ...
Page: 2 Doors No description of Stone Town could be complete without a mention of the famous Zanzibar doors. These massive teak or mahogany structures grace the front of almost every building of note, and their style has been copied ...
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Zanzibar is very tropical with warm weather for most of the year. The hottest month is February, when the temperature averages 29°C (84°F). Winter in the Southern Hemisphere tropics (June to August), is cooler at a very pleasant 21°C (70°F).
Zanzibar, Jewel of the Ocean
The little Indian Ocean Island of Zanzibar is a cultural melting pot of African, Arabic and Indian cultures. It is renowned for its spice and slave trade.