Beit Al Ajaib or House of wonder built in 1883 ha endure many turbulences, including the Anglo-Zanzibar War of 1896. The latest wreck happened Nov 10 when large to medium size chunks crumble onto nearby streets in front of few helpless onlookers.
It was intended as a ceremonial palace and official reception hall, celebrating modernity, and it was named “House of Wonders” because it was the first building in Zanzibar to have electricity, and also the first building in East Africa to have an elevator. Wikipedia
The historical landmark, which since 2002 has been opened to the public as the Museum of History and Culture. Is yet again falling apart and officials in the island seem not to care for its preservation to future generation.
Photos credit ZANZIBAR NI KWETU