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Fort Jesus Museum

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Address: Ndia Kuu, Mombasa 00200, Kenya
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+254 720 650869
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Mon - Sat 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

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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I wasn't too sure there was any point in visiting, but I was pleasantly surprised. It is well-preserved and has beautiful views. The museum isn't bad and gives a decent... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rob A
Los Angeles, California
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Watamu, Coast, Kenya
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A must visit for mombasa travellers . What a history this place has had. I wish the walls could talk ! Built by the Portuguese at the height of their influence on the Swahili coastline, the Fort Jesus is a masterpiece not only of defensive fort armature but beauty and location as well. The history of this place is richer... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I wasn't too sure there was any point in visiting, but I was pleasantly surprised. It is well-preserved and has beautiful views. The museum isn't bad and gives a decent perspective on the Portuguese and Muslim visitors/conquerors. On the negative side, the cost is a bit steep at about $12 and the guides are very aggressive (and not really needed... More 

Thank Rob A
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Its a good reminder of the history of the coast and an architectural wonder. If you are interested in history and the scramble for Africa, it's a good place to visit..

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is definitely worth a visit, while in Mombasa. Good place to learn more about history of the region. You can get a guide for a small fee (you may want to negotiate first) I loved the view from the top and had a good time seeing the fort and taking pictures. Be prepared for heat as I am accustomed... More 

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Tehran, Iran
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a nice place to visit specially when you are near old town in Mombasa. You may easily have a walk around to visit.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everyone should visit this side of Mombasa. It definitely shows you the whole history of the town and you get to refresh your lower primary and high school teachings.

Thank valentinewanjikun
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had very nice sitting with hygienic coffee from nearby restaurant. You can also get good gift articles from this place.

Thank Rupen P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Always a great place to visit to see some history and spend a few hours. The old town is also just around the corner, and that is a gem too!

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Sadly our guide was a little bored and hot, so we were left to our own devices somewhat, it's ok as old forts go, but my recommendation is to read up on Mombasa history before going here, that way it might make more sense. Avoid mid day sun !

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Reviewed March 14, 2017 via mobile

place is nice, you feel the history there, many people try to offer you service with money but everything is written, even the ticket clerk gave me a discount hhhhh

Thank mohosman

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