Sultan's Palace, Zanzibar

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The Sultan's Palace seen from the sea
The Sultan's palace as seen from the upper floor of the House of Wonders

The Sultan's Palace (Arab: Beit el-Sahel), is one of the main historical buildings of Stone Town, Zanzibar. It is a 3-floors building with merlon-decorated white walls, located in Mizingani Road, on the seafront, between the House of Wonders and the Old Dispensary.

History[edit]

The palace was built in late 19th century to serve as a residence for the Sultan's family. After the Zanzibar Revolution, in 1964 it was formally renamed to People's Palace and used as a government seat. In 1994, it became a museum about the Zanzibari royal family and history.

One floor of the museum is dedicated to Sultan Khalifa bin Harub; another one to Sayyida Salme, best known as Emily Ruete, former Zanzibari princess who fled from the sultanate to relocate in Europe with her husband; the exhibits include some of her writings, clothes and daily life accessories.

Coordinates: 6°09′36″S 39°11′26″E / 6.1599°S 39.1905°E / -6.1599; 39.1905