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The Anglican Cathedral is a popular Zanzibar Attraction. Situated on the site of the former slave market (closed in 1873) it is located on the eastern side of Stone Town and is the oldest Christian Church in East Africa.
The cathedral was constructed in 1877 by the Universities Mission in Central Africa (UMCA) after the slave trade was abolished. Construction of The Anglican Cathedral, was supervised by Bishop Edward Steere (1874-1882) and if you have a guide you can hear some interesting stories about this man and the building of the cathedral. The clock on the tower was gifted by Sultan Seyyid Barghash (1880).
The altar of the cathedral was built directly over the site of the Slave Whipping Post and outside is a monument to the memory of the numerous slaves who passed through the islands? markets.
There is also a crucifix apparently made of the wood of the tree under which Dr. Livingstone?s heart was buried. It was his wish that his heart should remain in Africa.
Address: Stone Town
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