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There are an estimated 560 doors around Zanzibar city (the majority in Stone Town), and most of them are over a century old. And they’re very, very easy to find – just start wandering in a random direction, and you’ll surely find Zanzibar doors everywhere! The front doors of many buildings in Zanzibar’s beautiful Stone Town are individual works of art, but carry deeper meanings – measures of the original occupant’s social status and religion are advertised here.
The Indian style of door is called a gurajati door, and can be recognised by their small, square shutters embedded in the door. Great brass studs are an Indian-influenced feature as well, a throwback design once used to stop war elephants from battering down Indian palace doors!

Arabic doors feature more detailed, intricate carvings along the door frame and the lintel, often in Arabic script. A frieze, a wide, decorated panel that often features a sequence of carvings, is often seen above the door frame.

It was such a pleasure to discover all these gems.
Two more doors in the Workshops.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13514 W: 141 N: 35072] (158204)
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