Edna, from St Chrysostom’s congregation, is currently in Tanzania from where she sends this interesting ‘postcard’
Jambo!! Warm greetings from Tanzania where Nicky and I are visiting Alison and enjoying the glorious sunny weather.
Recently, we visited an island resort in Zanzibar called Kizimkazi for a short break and decided to proceed to stone town an hours drive from our resort. Stone Town as the name implies, has majority of the building made of stone with narrow streets where no cars are passable.
Here, there is a unique historical mixture of Persian, Indian and European influence that brought about the spice trade. Currently, Zanzibar is made up of a population of 95% Muslims and 5% Christians and Hindus. The town was designated as a UNESCO world heritage in 2000.
The church is a historical landmark, one of the most prominent examples of early Christian architecture in East Africa
The third Anglican Bishop of Zanzibar, Edward Steere had a vision for the church to be built. It was built in 10 years starting from 1873, and the building was mainly of coral stones. The construction was intended to celebrate the end of slavery and is situated where the biggest slave market in Zanzibar use to be. Unfortunately, Edward Steere died before the completion of the building and was buried behind the altar.
It was amazing to hear that the famous explorer David Livingstone had some connections to the church. Our tour guide informed us that he died in Zambia, under a tree. In honour of him, a cross was made from the wood of that tree.
The church is currently being renovated and refurbished and a centre is being created to raise awareness about the history of slavery in Zanzibar and highlight the ongoing modern day slavery which in present day is termed ‘human trafficking’ taking place in East Africa and worldwide.