"Zanzibar doors, richily decorated" Top 5 Page for this destination Zanzibar Town Favorite Tip by sachara

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  richily decorated door
by sachara

Favorite thing: Some doors in Stone Town are plain with only decorated doorframes and lintels. Other doors have also carved centre posts and are studded with dhow nails and reinforced at the back with cross bars of iron and wood.

The design of the doors with iron or brass studs came from the Indian continent, originally used as defence against war elephants. Allthough there were no war elephants in Stone Town, the studs fitted well in the Arab ideal of defence of their residence.

Fondest memory: To see the mixture of different cultural influences, so typical for Zanzibar.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 12, 2004
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