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Vasco da Gama Pillar

Address: Malindi, Kenya
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Ranked #8 of 9 Attractions in Malindi
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
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Nairobi, Kenya
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

This site features the a white pilar dated to be from the fourteenth century. With brief history of the Portuguese and their voyages in this part of the world at that time

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

land mark place to visit but nothing to see other than the pillar. you can get some photographs with the pillar and boast about the history you visited.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

it is quite well preserved and has lasted for about five centuries since recetion. It is a historical heritage feature that Vasco da Gama erected to commemorate his arrival at the Kenyan coast.

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USA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

If this is the best Malindi has to offer for cultural sites I'll go back to the bar and pick up some talent.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

for any lover of history this is where you will fell the connectivity with the Fort Jesus in Mombasa the ancient trade e.t.c. The best climate in the coast province and the breeze just makes me feel like booking a flight back to Malindi

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

An ideal spot for nature and history lovers, it also doubles up as one of the best spots in Malindi town where one can commune as one with their inner soul especially at high tide. I have personally had the most intense meditational periods there.

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Kenya
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

This landmark reminds you of the long history of our Kenyan coast and the valiant sailors who braved the elements and the unknown to sail these seas in rickety vessels all those years ago.

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Warsaw, Poland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Maybe it's an important place but there's nothing special. You can stand 10 meters left or right from this place, see exactly the same and don't have to pay for it..

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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Standing next to the pillar and wondering what the Portuguese saw, felt, thought or planned during their 15th Century conquest of the coast was the best moment during this excursion. It is a must visit for history lovers but anyone who doesn't know/care about history may find this attraction boring to say the least.

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Reda
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7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

for the truth I do not understand, nor building pretty, neither turned out to be big or interesting. I can not write anything positive... I got the impression that they put it to the list during trip to Malindi to make offer sound better-waste of time..I did not even take a pictures.

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