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Fort Jesus Museum

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Address: Ndia Kuu, Mombasa 00200, Kenya
Phone Number: 254720650869
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Description: Fort Jesus is Mombasa’s most popular tourist attraction. The fort, located...
Fort Jesus is Mombasa’s most popular tourist attraction. The fort, located along the coastline near the Old Town, is a monumental piece of architecture that was built in the 16th century by the Portuguese. The fort has a museum that displays various artifacts from the era where Mombasa served as a transit point for the slave trade and commodities, and which enjoyed regular visits by seafarers and the like.
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Fort Jesus depicts the futility of violence

The Fort Jesus in Mombasa is not as large to tour as it may appear considering that it spans over a few acres. The built up areas that visitors can visit are few and show how... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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Mombasa, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This 4 centuries+ old fort is a MUST visit for all visitors to Mombasa. It has shaped the history of Mombasa, with much of the original architecture still intact, and the interesting artifacts for viewing too.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The Fort Jesus in Mombasa is not as large to tour as it may appear considering that it spans over a few acres. The built up areas that visitors can visit are few and show how power changed hands from the Portuguese to Omani Arabs during violent times. The skeleton remains of the last Portuguese soldier is on display. He... More 

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Nyahururu, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

The place has such a rich history ,the fort is so enormous and the view of the sea from the watch towers is magnificent.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I loved the tour guide. A man who those of other cultures and possibly the same culture would assume is a tattered clothed, unshaven local. However he had the knowledge and history of those before him who can only come from the first place humans walked the earth. Just a pleasure and a blessing to be escorted and taught of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

A good background to the History of Mombasa. Clean and the scenery, looking out over the sea and causeway. A good time had by all. Not much shade, so make sure you have plenty of water and hats! Make sure you get one the many knowledgeable guides around the entrance. they can even escort you through Old Town (Recommended).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

fort jesus is a cool place and the best place to be.i liked the view point of the ocean and also fatures inside that were xoo attractive.maybe you should and book a safari with us to expose nature.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

The place tells all thee tales, about the Portuguese, Arabs and the natives that suffered under their captors, i learned a lot.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Interesting and beautiful, but don't worry if you miss it while in Mombasa. A quick walk around tour is enough to enjoy the sights. Be cautious about picking a tour guide if you do, as some charge steep prices for what you get in return.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I like history sites, and the Fort Jesus has potential, but... It could bee much more tourist friendly and interesting, the Fort is fantastic, but you have more or less to figure it out yourself. Kenyans needs to take more care of their history, cause their history is great and should be taken more care of.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

The Fort Jesus Museum is one of the must see attractions in Mombasa. We were extremely anxious to see this Unesco World Heritage Site. We found out that for non-residence the entrance fee is 1,200 KSh per person. Without Kenyan Shilling, we were charged US$20 each which we refused. The whole visit ended without entering the interior of the fort.... More 

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