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Fort Jesus Museum

Ndia Kuu, Mombasa 00200, Kenya
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Ranked #6 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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Frankston, Victoria, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

While the fort was really good to see, the guides ruined it. No matter how hard you try you will be pestered, a lot will charge outrageous fees for a tour where they just read what is on the plaques. Our guide was on his phone half the time. There are some good guides I'm sure of it but ours... More

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Tampere, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

The fort is in old town of Mombasa. It takes careful planning if you live outside of the island because of the horrendous traffic to and from the fort. DO NOT coincide your visit with morning or evening rush hour. Try to get in and out of there between 10am - 3pm. There are a lot of guides in and... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

The historical monument holds such great memories of the days long past. The beauty of this museum in its old state will both woow you from the way it has been build and the years it has survived. But the beauty of it all is the rich history of what happened there, and that will also make your stomach churn... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

It is difficult to get to Fort Jesus through the manic traffic. The site is well preserved, but you are constantly hassled by guides. All in all I don't think this is worth a visit.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

the story of the fort is beautifully told by the guides who are readily available. it is best to negotiate on price of the guided tour to ensure all around satisfaction. great view of the ocean from the cannon holes at the top of the fort.

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ibadan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

the fee was around 1800 SHS + the tip guide 1500 ( the fort and the old city ). i got the lace by tuktuk , it is a really interesting story about this fort ... make sure you get a local guide , u will meet them in the front of the Fort....

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Tadley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

For anyone who is very interested in what the Portuguese and the British have done here.Took this in with a day trip to Mombassa and found it very interesting

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Visited as an adult and enjoyed the tour given by a local for a small fee. Deep history and a must visit. Lots of walking so go when it's not too hot and in comfortable shoes. A great break from the pool.

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Landskrona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

The Fort Jesus Museum is a very interesting place to valk a round on. You kan feel the wings of history all over the place. I´d liked the room where people hade carved in pictures from what they hade around them. It was also interesting to think of the people that have built this. What tools do they have?

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

As a first time traveler in Kenya and not knowing much about the history this was a very interesting surprise. Gives you a key why Mombasa is such a multicultural city. I would recommed to take a guide as there is only a little information. Definitely give it a try.

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