The original owners of the grand Arab houses in Stone Town competed with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings. This former glory is still evident in the brass-studded, carved, wooden doors of Zanzibar that adorn many of the homes along the narrow streets and alleyways that make up the Old City. There are more than 500 different examples of this handiwork – many crafted from exotic woods such as teak – along with a myriad of colorfully painted window and shutters, making any walk through these labyrinthine passageways a journey of architectural discovery. Below are just a few of the doors, windows, shutters, and arches I found on my daily walks:
2 thoughts on “The Windows and Doors of Zanzibar”
I loved these doors — they are beautiful. karen
Those doors are gorgeous. One day I am planning to go there.