Photographer's Note

It may not have a particularly romantic name but Stone Town is the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar, also a UNESCO Heritage Site, little changed in the last 200 years. It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques, cathedrals and grand Arab houses whose original owners vied with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings.

Being a centre of spice and slave trade in the past, here, Africa meets Persia, Arabia, India and China with some Portugese, Dutch and British thrown in just to confuse the outcome. Shirazi Persians and the Omani Arabs settled and ruled the Sultanate which explains the Arab-dominated influences that endure today.

Photo taken from a small plane carrying some 6 people, flying from Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam on a fine August day.

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Additional Photos by Deniz Taskin (rigoletto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3085 W: 400 N: 6725] (34279)
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