Saturday, December 21, 2013

Stone Town of Zanzibar

                          
My friend Jing, who works in Dar es Salaam, took a trip to Zanzibar last month. He said the island has an amazing sea view, and also impressive heritages such as the "crazy doors". :) So he chose this postcard to share with me some well-decorated wooden doors inside the Stone Town (the old part of Zanzibar city). Actually the architectures in the old town, mostly dating back to the 19th century, reflects the diverse influences underlying the Swahili culture, with a unique mixture of Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements. "Stone Town of Zanzibar" was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.

Jing is a big fan of postcard, stamp and post office. He had prepared some stamps and matching postcards in advance, then went to the post office to get the postmarks of Zanzibar to make some maximum cards. The two he did for me show a Swahili woman and the Palace Museum of Zanzibar, respectively. Much appreciated!