The   age   of   Stone   Town   is   in   some   dispute.   Did   it   rise   from   a   fishing   village   known   to   have existed   on   the   point   of   the   peninsula   since   the   12th   century   or   is   it   even   older?   Perhaps   the result   of   a   10th   century   immigration   from   Persia?   Perhaps   it   arose   from   the   visits   of   9th   century Islamic   disciples?   Perhaps   it   started   as   a   1st   century   outpost   of   the   Queen   of   Sheba?   All   have been   suggested   by   historians.   Or   must   we   look   even   further   back,   to   five   or   six   thousand   years ago   when   indigenous   Africans   crossed   the   great   Rift   valley   and   first   occupied   the   islands   of   East Africa?   Was   it   they   who   truly   created   the   Swahili   Coast   by   conquering   the   reefs   and   tides   of   the Azanian   sea?   Was   it   they   who   cultivated   a   civilization   of   Island   City   States   from   Lamu   to   Lindi, an archipelago of Stone Towns spanning almost a thousand kilometres? As   the   site   of   the   largest   Stone   Town   in   the   world,   Zanzibar   is   well   worth   a   visit.   Tourists   are welcome   on   Zanzibar   and   the   infrastructure   for   guests   has   greatly   expanded   in   the   last   few years.   Hotels   and   Guest   Houses   are   available   in   all   price   ranges.   Accommodations   extend   from basic   backpacker   support   to   luxurious   private   islands.   There   is   an   international   airport   about   5 km.   from   Stone   Town   and   many   ferry's   now   ply   the   short   sea   routes   between   the   Islands   and the mainland.
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An Illustrated history of the Zanzibar Islands.

ZANZIBAR UNVEILED

Located just off the coast of East Africa, the main islands of ZANZIBAR are Unguja, Pemba and Tumbatu.  Stone   Town,   on   the   western   shore   of   Unguja   Island,   is   the   Capital   of   this   region.   The   city   gained   its   name from   the   many   large   multi-story   "stone"   buildings   that   fill   the   old   town   area.   These   structures   are   actually constructed with coral and mortar, not stone. There   are   currently   about   1,700   of   these   buildings   in   the   Stone   Town   section   of   Zanzibar   City.   Over   1,000 of   these   have   been   classified   as   having   architectural   significance.   In   this   small   area,   which   was   originally a   narrow   peninsula,   almost   an   island   at   times,   there   are   23   "landmark   buildings",   two   cathedrals,   over   50 Mosques, 157 balconies, verandas and loggias and more than 200 carved doors. Zanzibar's Stone Town has been designated a "World Heritage Site" by the United Nations. Please enjoy this small sample of Zanzibar’s long history.
Islands that lie ‘like a jewel in the lap of Africa’.

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