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Fort Jesus Museum

Ndia Kuu, Mombasa 00200, Kenya
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Ranked #5 of 19 Attractions in Mombasa
Type: Museums, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues
Owner description: Fort Jesus is Mombasa’s most popular tourist attraction. The fort, located along the coastline near the Old Town, is a monumental piece of... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

undoubtedly the oldest standing Building in the Kenyan Coast-Mombasa. Fort Jesus was designed by an Italian Architect and built by the Portuguese in the 1500s. The country has done well to preserve it to its original stature. Its a 30min walk from the town center or less when using a cab. tour guides are knowledgeable about the place, however you... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Interesting and very informative fort. Great historical significance. Built by Portuguese and taken over by arabs. Great architecture. Needs looking after though. You can get a guide cheaply inside the fort.

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Kisumu, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The history of the slaves and how the area was preserved and the activities during that time. The tour guides to give you details and take you round

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The history is literally palpable. Kenya has done well to preserve the fort so well, but it is also testament to the Portuguese builders. This place is unique in Kenya - there is almost nothing left of the Portuguese history, but it also tells the Kenya's history since then. Take the normal precautions you would anywhere in Kenya - if... More

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Nairobi Region, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The place is well maintained by the caretakers who make sure that the place is exactly how it should be. It tells a story of how Kenya got it independence.

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Valledupar, Colombia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Fort Jesus has been a very important place throughout Kenyan history and its the best preserved museum in the country. When you go make sure to take a guide inside because you will find a lot of people trying to offer their service outside. It's much safer and cheaper to take the one inside, instead of charging and extra fee,... More

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Mombasa, Kenya
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This place is haunting considering how it came to be and the slave trade that went on in there. There are a few handy tour guides with a wealth of information about the history of the fort, its a big place to cover so take your time. Its probably the only 'well' preserved museum in Kenya at the moment. There... More

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Bangalore, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Thankfully this place has been maintained to a certain level. It is a landmark of the coastal port city of Mombasa and holds a lot of historical importance. A must for both locals and tourists.. On coming out do not miss the famous Kakawa and respective sweets from the Vendors. There is street option for touristy souvenirs etc.. bargain hard.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

If you have come to Kenya in pursue of history and culture Fort Jesus is definitely the best museum in the country. It has been an historically important stronghold for the colonial powers and for the local people living here, and it is very well preserved.

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Diani Beach, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Even if history is not your thing, I would suggest a visit to Fort Jesus - Mombasa's best-known landmark. It is soooo part of Mombasa's history that you simply cannot skip it. You have amazing views of the entrance to the Old Harbour and can really understand why this Fort was built in such a strategic location. The multi-ethnic history... More

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