Photo Favorite: Moorish High Court in Stone Town, Zanzibar

By Mark Wiens 12 Comments
High Court Zanzibar
Old High Court, Stone Town, Zanzibar

Location: Stone Town, Zanzibar Island, Tanzania

Though the Zanzibar wooden door has been removed, I came to truly admire this Moorish style former High Court in Stone Town, Zanzibar. The overall weathering, paired with the aging of the structure has turned this building into a remarkable deserted structure.

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  • Turkey’s For Life

    9 years ago

    That’s a beautiful building. I always love the older buildings where the paintwork and rendering is crumbling away. Probably not great for the building but they look better; more historic. 🙂
    Julia

    • Mark Wiens

      9 years ago

      I fully agree, the aging and weathering looks so cool, despite deteriorating the overall structure.

  • Sophie | Sophie’s World

    9 years ago

    That’s a really good photo; it seems to tell a whole story. Have Zanzibar near the top of my list. Even more tempting now.

    • Mark Wiens

      9 years ago

      Great Sophie! I’m glad that you have Zanzibar at the top of your list and hope you have a chance to visit soon!

  • inka

    9 years ago

    It’s just so fortunate it’s still standing.A whiff of history even comes off your picture.

    • Mark Wiens

      9 years ago

      You’re right, tropical weather conditions are not ideal for preservation, but I sure love the effect it created on the walls!

  • jen laceda

    9 years ago

    You betcha I’ll be commenting on your Zanzibar pics! It’s still a dream for me to go to this part of Africa!

    • Mark Wiens

      9 years ago

      Thanks Jen! I really hope you get a chance to go to Tanzania and Zanzibar in the future, I know you would truly enjoy it!

  • Ciki

    9 years ago

    gorgeous! lot’s of old Moorish architecture in Kuala Lumpur as well – glad they make the effort to preserve it!

    • Mark Wiens

      9 years ago

      Yah, I remember seeing some lovely Moorish building in KL. As a World Heritage site, I think Stone Town has some good preservation efforts.

  • Michael Figueiredo

    9 years ago

    Great photo! I’ve been seeing a lot of Zanzibar lately … I really need to get there someday!