The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe), Zanzibar City

#3 of 14 in Historic Sites in Zanzibar Island
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Explore the high brown walls and various entrances of The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe), a landmark building of the Old Town and a popular tourist destination. Featuring crenelated stone battlements with upright merlons, embrasures, and entrances with pointed arches, the fort with its inner courtyard has been converted into a cultural center dotted with curio shops. Built by the Omanis as a defense against the Portuguese in the 17th century, this remains the oldest standing structure in the Stone Town. Buy some tingatinga paintings and traditional handicrafts from the shops, or watch a performance in the fort's open-air amphitheater. Use our Zanzibar City holiday planner to visit The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe) on your trip to Zanzibar City, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Nothing here but ramshackle shops selling tourist crap. There is no admission to enter but, people are selling tours for $25 a head. Disgusting!  more »
  • The exterior of the fort is in good condition. There is not much left on the interior. There are a lot of souvenir stands in the fort. There are also some artists' studios as well. Please note...  more »
  • Great architectural reminder of the rich history of Zanzibar. Providing the perfect location for cultural festivals and local art lovers. Forodhani park, Stone Town's lovely narrow streets, The House of Wonders and the great view of the Ocean are a fees steps away
  • The Old Fort so named now was built in 1699 by Omani Arabs after expelling the Portuguese. It silently spells out it glorious past. Amphitheatre was added in 1990s. It is one of important tourist attractions in Stone Town, Zanzibar. There are many other historical places to visit in Stone Town, Zanzibar.Good luck.

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