Fort Jesus museum



One of East Africa's historical landmarks, built in 1593 by The Portuguese, high on a coral ridge with a good view of the entrance to the harbor that is Nyali creek today.

Its main purpose was to secure the safety of Portuguese living in the Area.

Over the years, it has experienced a long history of hostilities as different parties tried to take over it.

These included the Arabs, British and the Portuguese themselves as they tried to retake it.

Its use also changed over the years, a prison by the British from 1895, a national park in 1958 and finally a museum in 1962.

When viewed from the air, its shape is said to resemble that of a man, with the head pointing towards the sea.

Exhibits you may find here include photos, along with archaeological finds from Fort Jesus, Gede, Manda, Ungwana and other sites.

What to do thereLearn more about the history of Mombasa and the eastern cost of Africa, or go shopping for souvenirs.

Opened daily from 8:00am to 6:00pm

Best time to visitAny time of the year

Location of Fort Jesus museum Fort Jesus is on the island of Mombasa, overlooking the point where Nyali creek meets the sea.

There are several hotels in the nearby area.

How to get thereBy walking or vehicle, with matatus, and taxis being an option for the latter.

Or use passenger buses from other regions or countries, to get to the city.

The nearest airport is in the city's outskirts, along the highway to Voi and Nairobi.

There also are boats to the city, some from Zanzibar.

References1. By Alex Wafula - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18600017 - accessed on 29th March, 2019

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