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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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Beautiful but not very special

It is a very nice building with a great history. In the museum they also hang some arts and a little information. It is possible to take a guide but make sure you know it is not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

This fort has a history, its about Portuguese. This is in Mombasa old town, a very historical place. Old cannons are there. there 2 before the entrance to the fort.

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Lombardy, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Fort Jesus is a Portuguese fort built between 1593 and 1596 by order of King Philip I of Portugal, located on Mombasa Island to guard the Old Port of the town. Now, it is a popular destination for foreign and local tourists. The fort was designed by an Italian architect. It was the first European-style fort constructed outside of Europe... More 

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Delft, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

It is a very nice building with a great history. In the museum they also hang some arts and a little information. It is possible to take a guide but make sure you know it is not as free as they act like it is.

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

facinating views, wonderful to walk around, also found some great some shops to explore. Easy to get around, people spoke english so not a problem.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A visit to fort Jesus is a must for any local or also tourist as the history is nicely preserved here with guided tours or just walk along.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Beautiful place to see with long history. Entrance is 12$. For additional 5 u can ask the guide to show u around plus (a must) take u to the old town, atmospheric marriage of old Arab and Swahili cultures, old market where u can buy genuine spices, cashews, fruits

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

One of the best museums i have been to. There lots of items on display from colonial times and the general traditional architecture has been preserved reasonably well. A definitely worthwhile visit for the whole family. A great place for the enthusiast photographer.

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Mombasa, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

it is very historic place, that reflects more about the technology that was used by Portuguese to fight,i like the background and the structure of the museum itself,it is good place,feeling the breeze from outside the creek of INDIAN ocean, i am yearning to be there again .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Its a great place to learn about the history of mombasa. We were impressed by the museum. it was a great experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

When I first heard of the place even being a local I thought it was just a pile of rubble and a cross somewhere... However, it has been an enlightening visit, seeing the portuguese, arabian and swahili culture all rolled into one. Re-living the days when porcelain, spices, trade, imams and sultans used to hold the entire economy together. The... More 

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