Karibu Zanzibar - Bienvenue à Zanzibar

 

Nulle part n’est comme à Zanzibar, avec ses îles qui offrent au voyageur une expérience unique. Nous vous invitons chaleureusement à les explorer et à découvrir ce pays. Visitez le site Internet de l’Office du Tourisme de Zanzibar pour en connaitre plus sur ce pays.

 

Maruhubi Place Ruins The Maruhubi Palaces is about 4 km from Zanzibar Town. Sultan Said Barghash constructed the palace between 1882 as a harem to accommodate his concubines; in 1889, however, a large fire gutted the palace and it was left derelict. Two bathhouses remain intact, although somewhat neglected, and one may enter and walk around inside.Outside, Surrounding by undulating lawns, there are many remains of the buildings, including some massive stone pillars, which once supported a large overhead balcony and aqueduct. To one side is low stone basin, containing water lilies and pond life. This site is an ideal and peaceful place for a picnic and to escape the bustle of Stone Town for couple of hours. A short walk brings one to the beach where local fisherman carry out net and boat repairs and preparations for their fishing trips.

Dunga Ruins Dunga ruins are those of a palace and are located on the main road to Chwaka, about half way to across the island. The palace was built and used by the last and most feared chiefs in the line of rulers of these the Island. The ruins date back to the century, when early Arab settlements on the cost flourished.

 

Mtoni Palace Ruins Mtoni Palace lies next to Maruhubi. The area was chosen by Sultan Said bin Sultan for his palace, which was constructed between 1828 and 1834 after he left Muscat and made Zanzibar his seat.

 

Beit-et-Ras Palace Ruins These ruins are situated on the shore. The fine arches are all that remain of this Persian-built structure. Although building started in 1847, Sultan Sayyid Said died before its completion, and custom prevented his successor from continuing the work. Many of the stones were moved and used in constructing a seven-mile stretch of the Bububu Railway.

 

The Slave Chamber and Coral Cave Just north of Mangapwani Beach, on the northwest coast, are two underground features. The first of the huge natural cave, hollowed out of limestone and coral by water erosion. A steep stairway descends into this large chamber, which can be flooded in the heavy rains.A low tunnel leads underground from the huge cavern all the way to the beach, lying some distance away, and, in the dry seasons, the local guardian will escort visitors on a torch-lit trek through its dark passage. Legend has it that, following the abolition of the slave trade this cave was used by illegal traders to secrete their slaves before spiriting them away through the tunnel to awaiting pirate ships. It is somewhat surprising that despite its location and convenient and arcane access to the sea, there is no evidence this cave was ever used for this clandestine purpose.The nearby Slave Chambers, however were specially constructed for holding slaves prior to transportation .Some 3km north of the Coral Cave, one can see two large sloping stone slabs, just above ground level. These slabs are actually roofs, which cover a set of small underground chambers in which over one hundred slaves would have been packed awaiting arrival of the merchant ships to transport them away. To descend the steep and moss and-covered steep leading down into this “bottomless pit” is, even now, like entering the gateway to doom.

 

CHUINI PALACE RUINS This palace, built by sultan Baraghash, lies on an artificial terrace behind a creek which allowed sufficient inflow of water as to supply the hammam, or bath house. North of palace is the chimney of a stem –powdered sugar factory built by Sultan.

 

BI KHOLE RUINS AT BUNGI The house at Bungi was the residence of Bi Khole bint Said bin Sultan, a girl born to an Assyrian slave of the sultan. It is said that Bi Khole was so beautiful, she could mesmerize a man with a mere glance .During a performance of an Arab Sword Dance at Beit Sahel Palace, one of the participants was so enthralled by Bi Khole‘s look, he did not realise he had pierced himself with his sabre until he noticed blood flowing from his lap.

 

THE ANCIENT MOSQUE AT KIZIMKAZI Kizimkazi, almost at the southern tip of the island, is the site of a Shiraz mosque dating from the early 12th century and considered to be one of the oldest Islamic buildings on the East African coast. Restoration of the mosque to the condition we see it in today was made in the 1770s. The Quran verses inscribed in its mihrab date   from 500AH (1107AD) and are the earliest physical evidence of the introduction of Islam into southern East Africa. Nearby, just above the high water mark on the beach, are the remains of an 18th century stone wall, which once formed a defensive perimeter around the whole settlement. The merchant who built   the wall, and for whom the village is named, resisted the Portuguese invaders and was taken prisoner. He pleaded with his captors to be allowed to go and pray on the beach before being taken away.

 

KIDICHI PERSIAN BATHS Kidichi Persian Baths are located about 11km northeast of town on one of the Spice Tour route .Sultan Seyyid Said built them in 1850, for his Persian wife. The Baths are well maintained both inside and out, with some very good example of the domed skylights that allowed light to enter the windowless building s.

 

 

FUKUCHANI RUINS AND MVULENI RUINS The Enclosure Houses at Fukuchani and Mvuleni are located about halfway between Mkwajuni and Ras Nungwi on the northern part of the island .These 16th Century coral rag houses, built in stone wall enclosures, represent a group of the finest domestic stone houses of this period.  

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