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Zanzibar


The island of Unguja, informally known as Zanzibar is a part of Tanzania. Zanzibar is still the best-kept secret in the Indian Ocean, with its fascinating historical Stone Town and magnificent beaches.

This book of images highlights some of the peoples and detail in daily life from the relaxing coastal areas to the bustle of Stone Town.

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Stone Town or Mji Mkongwe, in Swahili meaning "ancient town", is the old part of Zanzibar City. The old town is built on a triangular peninsula of land on the western coast of the island. The oldest part of the town consists of a warren of narrow alleys to houses, shops, bazaars, and mosques. Cars are often too wide to drive down many of the maze of winding streets.

Its Swahili architecture incorporates elements of Arab, Persian, Indian, European and African styles. The Arab houses are particularly notable because they have large and ornately carved wooden doors and other unusual features such as enclosed wooden verandas.

The site has probably been occupied for around three centuries with buildings only being constructed with stone since the 1830s.

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The Darajani Market in Stone Town opened in1904 and still maintains the bustling and colorful atmosphere. The market is a perfect spot to watch life in Zanzibar as it has been for so many years. Residents buy and sell inside the market with the most active time between 9 and 11 a.m. The gabled-roof structure houses a fruit, vegetable and meat market while other goods such as jewelry, fabric and spices are sold in shops on surrounding streets.

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Ed Telling is a freelance photographer living and operating from Crystal Palace, London. He is just as comfortable in the studio as out in the field. Well travelled and enthusiastic about the subjects, his realization of the infinite scope and creativeness photography has to oer is his strength in the subjects he photos.

Š 2010 Ed Telling Photography


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