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Fort Jesus Museum

Ndia Kuu, Mombasa 00200, Kenya
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Ranked #7 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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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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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Unlike the rest of Mombasa city, Fort Jesus looks better today than it did 100 years ago. It has been well maintained and is in good repair - for a 600-year-old building! It's also got an unobtrusive museum within with a lot of intelligently laid out artefacts and sites of interest throughout the fortress that reek of its multi-ethnic history.... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

they stand at the entrance and ask for money to guide you through the monument, but trust me they are conmen, do not pay them more than 300/- and make sure to specify that they will have to be with you for 1hour or more or else they will quickly explain everything and tell you its done without showing you... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This place is simply beautiful....the clear blue water theres a real sense of history, the only downfall I would probably say is to be careful of the local as they seem to be able to smell tourists/visitors and tend to harass unless your firm but its definitely worth a visit its simply beautiful ..... my dad take me here it... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Great place to visit , explains Mombasa history .unfortunately the "locals" outside hustle visitors alot when you visit.you have to be firm or they will tag along with you offering guiding services!

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East London, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I'm not really into History but thoroughly enjoyed the trip to the Fort Jesus Museum. It's definitely worth hiring a guide (I think we paid 1000ks) otherwise you end up just wandering around like a random!

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Kampala, Uganda
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

It tells a story of life in years past. But I think it needs better maintenance to attract more visitors. But like any other attraction, it has guides to take you round and tell you about the different parts of the Fort.

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Lusaka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Mombasa is probably God's way of reminding us that he truly does exist. Its so beautiful in it's natural state. No gimmicks, no flash but just sheer geographic and natural beauty. I had the pleasure of visiting Fort Jesus in 2008 and was blown away by the history, food and people. For all that love to travel, experience and feel... More

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Addis Ababa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

It is worth to surf on history. The fort is good to have a glance back in history. The most important thing to visit is the museum where you can find archaeologically recovered goods in 16 century. It was built by Turkish in 1589 first and later upgraded by Portuguese in 1593. Fort Jesus has preserved the same basic shape... More

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