Sights in Mombasa

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Old Town:

Old Town is a section of town situated in the eastern part of Mombasa Island, east of Digo Road and Jamhuri Park. Take Makadara Rd, Nkrumah Rd, or any smaller road off of Digo east a few blocks, and you’ll find yourself in Old Town. It is maze of narrow roads slicing between tall white buildings and stunning mosques dating back to the early 19th century. It’s easy to get lost in this maze while exploring, so make sure you always know where west is. Old Town isn’t that big, so you won’t stay lost for long.

While checking out the Swahili architecture and beautify dressed people, stop into a bakery, restaurant, market, or curio shop. After 6 pm venders set up barbecue grills on the street corners and sell snacks for few shillings a piece. The street food beats most food you get in restaurants, for a fraction of the price.

Fort Jesus:

While in Old Town, don’t miss its major attraction, Fort Jesus. Fort Jesus began as a Portuguese fort in 1593, then changed hands many times in the next three centuries. Today it has been turned into a museum that is open from 8:30 am to 6 pm. Admission is KSh 200.

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