Top Historical Places in Zanzibar

Are you looking to explore the history of Zanzibar through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Zanzibar including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Zanzibar. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Zanzibar ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Zanzibar, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Zanzibar for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Zanzibar with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Mtoni Palace Ruins

    Ancient Ruin

    Princess Salme’s European life is documented in a museum dedicated to her but the Omani princess was born in the Mtoni Palace of Zanzibar, every inch the Omani princess. The palace is unoccupied and lies in ruins, but glimpses to Princess Salme’s ancestral home are easily available. You can visit the spice plantations on the property or attend the sunset concert if you have prior bo...Read more
  2. Marahubi Palace

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    Marahubi Palace

    Palace, Architecture

    Maharubi Palace is another creation of the royal family when they were in residence in Zanzibar. It was constructed for Sultan Barghash to accommodate his vast harem. At its peak, around 100 women from the royal harem had been stationed in this palace. It was reportedly built with coral stone and wood and was one of the most beautiful buildings in Zanzibar. In a stroke of bad luck in 1899, majo...Read more
  3. Old Fort

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    Old Fort

    View Point, Historical Site, Fort

    The Old Fort is one of the major tourist hubs on the coast of Stone Town. It was built around 1700 by the Omani Arabs who conquered Zanzibar in 1698. It was previously a Portuguese church, the remains of which are visible in the inside wall. The fort was used as a prison in the 19th century. In the next century, it was used as a railway line depot between Zanzibar town and Bububu. The western w...Read more
  4. House Of Wonders

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    House Of Wonders

    Museum, Historical Site

    The last wonder on the sea stretch of Stone Town is the House of Wonders. Built in 1883 as Sultan Bargharsh’s palace, it got its name because electricity in Zanzibar was first used in this building. This was also the first structure in East Africa to use an elevator. This palace was connected to the Beit al-Hukum and the Palace Museum next door via covered passages just above the street l...Read more