Photographer's Note

Zanzibar's Stone Town has some of the most beautiful doors that I have seen, with exquisite and intricate details.

In Stone Town, there were around 806 wooden doors dating from the era of Sultan Barghash (1870-1880). Designs originate from Arabic and Indian influences.

During the 1980s it was recognized that many of the old doors were being removed and exported, endangering the cultural heritage of Stone Town, and it was a concern that the art and craft of carving would be lost. But now they are preserved.

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I can't use it anymore.
It's gettin' dark, too dark for me to see
I feel like I'm knockin' on heaven's door.

Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door
...Bob Dylan

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