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Fort Jesus

KenyaNorthern & Eastern Area


Fort Jesus 

Fort Jesus, Mombasa, was built by the Portuguese at the end of the 16th century on the southern edge of Mombasa, over a spur of coral rock, and remained under their control for a century. It is the first successful attempt by Western civilization to rule the Indian ocean trade routes, which had remained under Eastern influence until then.

The fort's architecture, with its dimensions, towering walls, and five bastions, represents Renaissance military architectural doctrine.Fort Jesus, Mombasa, gives physical witness to the exchange of cultural values and influences between and among peoples of African, Arab, Turkish, Persian, and European heritage who strove to establish and maintain dominance over this key port through its architecture and subsequent alterations.

Fort Jesus was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.

(Source UNESCO)


  • KenyaNorthern & Eastern Area

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