stone town is zanzibar’s capital and largest town. it is an historic and bustling city largely made up of stone coral buildings that were built in the late 19th century and gave the city its name.stone town is home to sixteen thousand people and seventeen hundred buildings. many of these present interesting facades which can be found via the charming narrow alleyways that twist and turn throughout the city.
the city is famous for its large carved doors and covered balconies. the doors, tall wooden carved affairs with or without brass studs are part of the swahili culture that was influenced by arab and indian motifs. the brass studs, originally spike covers, were placed on the doors to protect from elephant raids during the wars in india. the variety of carvings has interesting representations such as rosettes in the centre meaning prosperity and fish at the bottom meaning fertility.
stone town is also home to fifty one mosques, six hindu temples and two christian churches all teeming with history and well worth visiting. the city has been designated one of the world’s heritage sites by the united nations.