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Vasco da Gama Pillar

Malindi, Kenya
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Ranked #8 of 10 attractions in Malindi
Type: Monuments/ Statues
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Reda
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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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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Nairobi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

The Vasco da Gamma pillar is literally standing history, commemorating the first ever landing of a European on the East Coast of Africa in the 15th Century. The pillar has been re-erected severally and is currently manged by the Museum of Malindi. You have to get a ticket to view it at close range.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Though there is a factual error on the description - Vasca da Gama didn't hit the Calcutta in India (which is on the eastern coast), but reached Goa on the west coast in 1498.

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Winnipeg
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

My friend and I literally stumbled into the Vasco da Gama Pillar while walking along the beach at low tide. We climbed up a small shelf of rock and were at the site. Immediately we were approached by two plain-clothed fellows telling us we had to buy a ticket since we had already seen the Pillar! I was understandably skeptical,... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

the pillar stands somewhat like a lighthouse, calling you to come in and experience all the other sites in malindi. Its at this place that we met a free lance tour guide called Festus, we nicknamed him Vasco. He gave us such good toursin and out of malindi for four days.

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South Bend, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Vasco da Gama pillar is a fascinating site to behold, but the amount of money charged to visit the pillar is not worth spending. For the best use of your money, you can view it for free standing in a good position outside Baobab restaurant, or even walk around it during low tide.

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Suffolk
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

This object of local tourist interest actually looks a little better viewed from a boat a few hundred meters out at sea. It looks then an interesting landmark on a jagged rocky point.From the land there is not a huge amount to ponder over!

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Mombasa, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Even though its not that huge but its very significant to the history of the Kenyan coast.If you are a fan of history i assure you wont be disappointed.You have to carry some money which you will pay at the entrance.

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Nairobi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

The route to the Pillar is cool though one has to be careful due to the rocks. It is a nice Piece of history that reminds one of when Vasco da Gama visited the place centuries back. Carry some little money for payment at the gate to where the pillar is since its managed by the Museum .

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nairobi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

they should build a small musium near the pillar,,,it at tyms gets too hot over there. but its a very good history sight that tells us about long ago traders and missionaries

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