Shangani Post Office, Zanzibar

The Shangani Post Office was built in 1906 and is a landmark in historic Stone Town, Zanzibar. Stone Town is today a World Heritage Site, and the post office still stands, having survived a fire in 2006. Noted as “an imposing edifice” by the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica, the post office has a colonnaded front and a round tower. Because the streets are narrow in Stone Town, there’s really no place to stand to take a picture of the entire building. In these images, the post office is on the right-hand side of the street; you can see the rounded dome of its tower against the sky.

Zanzibar has for centuries been a cultural melting pot, a meeting place of Arabs, Africans and Europeans. One of its most famous natives was Farouk Bulsara, born into the Parsi community of Stone Town, who gained significant fame as Freddie Mercury.

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