Islamic Architecture on Zanzibar
Zanzibar has long been a place of religious tolerance and diversity, and this characteristic is reflected in its architecture. The East African archipelago in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Tanzania enjoys a reputation as a melting pot of religions. In the maze of narrow alleyways that make up the old quarter of Stone Town on the main island Unguja, mosques stand side by side with Hindu temples and churches among houses made of coral by Muslim Arabs some 300 years ago. Impressions and images by Arian Fariborz.
Stone Town harbour
The Malindi Bamnara Mosque
Suras on the wall of a Stone Town madrassa
The Sultan's Palace ("Beit al-Sahel")
The interior of the Sultan's Palace
The Hamamni Persian Baths
The Sultans' Graveyard
The Forodhani Gardens
The "House of Wonders"
Gate in the "House of Wonders"
Shia mosque in Stone Town
The Ismaili jamatkhana
Mosque on Chumbe Island
High Court of Justice in Stone Town
The Peace Memorial Museum