The Majestic Mosque Street’s Wonder

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There was something stately about Mosque Street’s jamatkhana: the Islamic lattice-work on the lower balconies; the rhythm of the arches; and the clock tower overlooking the street.

View from the tower. Photo courtesy: Al-Karim Walli,

I often passed this eye-catching structure on the way to visit relatives, but was never lucky enough to discover if the interior matched the exterior elegance.

When my daughter returned to Tanzania years later, she went inside to discover the building had been renovated. What a comfort to learn that some of Dar’s old buildings are maintained though I’ve discovered many have been demolished.