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Fort Jesus Museum, Mombasa

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World heritage site · History Museum · Museum
The World Heritage Site of Fort Jesus Museum ranks among the best-preserved examples of 16th-century Portuguese military architecture. Built in 1593 by Portuguese settlers, from a bird's-eye view the fort resembles the form of a man--believed to be Jesus--lying with his head facing out to sea. Tour this national treasure and learn its history, from its defense barracks to its 19th-century prison. Guides are available at the entrance to enrich your appreciation of the impressive fortification, which includes Portuguese, British, and Arab influences. Add Fort Jesus Museum to your Mombasa travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Mombasa trip itinerary builder website.
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  • I was site seeing, I met this tour guide called Musa and he did an amazing job explaining the history behind fort Jesus it was an eye opener he was well informed and made the trip worth while I...  more »
  • Great scenery and nice place to learn about the history of East African shore. Our guide was really good and we enjoyed the morning in fort Jesus. As other people said, too expensive  more »
  • The perfect experience to close a day of Board (KNCB) deliberations addressing Kenya’s future-fit business event opportunities. Fort Jesus is a unique world class Incentive sector platform for...  more »
  • Oh if you ever visit Mombasa this should be a place to visit without fail.... The great history lives here, the studies of our time are all seen in this place, the great war weapons can be seen in this place, it's old buildings make it even look more beautiful 😍😍😍 I loved it and I loved learning and relating my old school studies
  • Located just near Mombasa CBD, the place is easily accessible. It's an ancient Place rich in history. Sufficient write up for most exhibitions makes it easier to understand. It's not a place to hang around for long hours, once you finish going round.
  • Fantastic place to learn about the history of Mombasa. From the art galleries to canons and scenic views of the ocean, one is bound to enjoy and learn here. You can walk around by yourself thanks to the noted posted on each item or also get a guide to take you through. Don't forget to carry your cameras to capture the moments and off course take a 🤳.
  • Had a great time in the fort guided with a very informative guide... Erick..... Who is also.... Interesting,interactive... And. Engaging
  • Beautiful place and if you get a guide the experience is much better. The fort is built to resemble a man lying down and it's exciting to visit each part and learn about the various facts. The guides are free and nice. Tips are encouraged but not mandatory.

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