House of Wonders Inside Door
Toward the end of an extravagant building spree, Sultan Khalid bin Barghash (reigned in 1870-1888) had built in 1883 a palace known as House of Wonders (Beit el-Ajaib) that was indeed wonderous for its time. It remains one of the largest structures in Zanzibar and is today home to the Zanzibar National Museum of History & Culture. In 1896 the palace was the target of a British naval bombardment intended to force Barghash to abdicate. It was later largely rebuilt by the British. Now in disrepair, like much of Old Town Zanzibar, this inside palace doorway perhaps portrays the beauty that was once throughout this edifice.