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Kidichi Persian Baths

Built on the highest point of Zanzibar Island by Sultan Seyyid Said , it was for his wife who was the grand-daughter of the Shah of Persia, Fatah Ali, it is decorated in ornamental Persian stucco work. The remarkably preserved baths have a series of domed bathhouses with deep stone baths and massive seats.

This is quite a contrast to the plain baths nearby at Kizimbani, which were built within Said’s clove tree and coconut plantation.

Persian poetry inscribed inside the baths at Kidichi has been translated (approximately) as “Pleasant is a flower-shaped wine/With mutton chops from game/ Given from the hands of a flower-faced server/At the bank of a flowering stream of water.

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