The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe)

The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe)

The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe)
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Erindel66
Vilanova i la Geltru, Spain4,712 contributions
Remains of the old fort built by the Omani Arabs after expelling the Portuguese in 1699.

In the 19th century it became a prison. It was also used as a railway station between 1905 and 1928. Around the 1950s it became a ladies' club, and finally an amphitheater was added in the 1990s and it is currently home to the Zanzibar International Film Festival. Other cultural activities are also held there.

Within its walls there are also some small art galleries and souvenir shops.

You just can admire its walls ... and nothing else.
Written 3 September 2022
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Mohamed S
Al-Ansab, Oman9 contributions
visited the fort in August. its presence over the old stone town as a landmark on the beach front is quiet significant. However, the lack of utilization of the fort facilities is a missed opportunity.

So much can be done within the fort walls and its surroundings, things like an actual museum with integrated shopping and F&B outlets plus utilizing the theater grounds for events and concerts more often than what it is for at the moment
Written 30 August 2022
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laurensmiedema
Utrecht, The Netherlands15 contributions
not much to see, no love for this building, just another place to get souvenirs. I was disappointed about such a lack of respect for your own history
Written 14 August 2022
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dannydworks
Stone Town, Tanzania28 contributions
Solo
The old Fort in Swahili Ngome kongwe ond of the very first ruins to be built in stone Town Zanzibar this venue is very famous for festivals and cultural shops its the building in the 2000 Tanzanian shillings note its best to visit when there events
Written 6 July 2022
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InfoTraveler
Richmond, VA17 contributions
Couples
Nothing here but ramshackle shops selling tourist crap. There is no admission to enter but, people are selling tours for $25 a head. Disgusting!
Written 2 September 2021
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dmittleman
Palm Beach Gardens, FL1,444 contributions
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 that the artists' do not like their pictures taken. The merchandise is really no different from other stores in town.
Written 24 July 2021
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Eamon O
Wellesley, MA21 contributions
Friends
This was great! Short tour, but really interesting stuff. We quite liked the guide and learned some fun history facts. Whole thing was 5 dollars.
Written 10 July 2021
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Rita
Kenya12 contributions
Ngome Kongwe presented a shortcut from our hotel MaruMaru to the beach, so it was always a lovely stop. Sitting on the stairs and watching local youth practise their music and acrobatics on the raised platform, taking in the history of the oldest building in Stone Town, feeling like I was back in the 1800s, and walking through the vendors stalls where Kikoys are woven using a loom as you watch, and African merchandise is sold at affordable prices. This was a lovely experience.
Written 8 February 2021
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Tas G
Athens, Greece1,292 contributions
A historical monument at the end of stone town in front of the sea that unfortunately although is UNESCO world herritage has left at its own fate. Graffiti on the walls, posters, no any security. Its a pitty for such a place not to be well preserved
Written 15 January 2021
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Laila S
Nairobi, Kenya185 contributions
This is supposed to be a heritage site, UNESCO funded. they claim that UNESCO never paid. But from the dirt and ugly grafitti we saw, they don't need money to keep it clean and presentable. Suffice for the govt to ban election posters were a hundred hopeful faces glare at you as you try to imagine what it was like centuries ago to live within these walls.
Written 5 January 2021
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