- Fort Jesus remains to be a very famous iconic landmark in Mombasa county.
- Fort Jesus also features a museum where one can go and marvel at guns and artifacts used during that time.
Fort Jesus remains to be a very famous iconic landmark in Mombasa county.
This tourist destination has a lot to offer, ranging from delicious meals, a rich history, and a spectacular sea view, you name it!
Let's get to know more about this stunning piece of architectural art.
Built between 1593-1596 by the Portuguese, the sole purpose of this fort was to act as military fortification for the Portuguese living in east Africa.
Over the years this Fort has changed hands after being captured by the English, Arabs, and Portuguese. This iconic landmark was also an important trade route on the East African coast.
Today one can tour Fort Jesus for the price of Sh200 for adults and Sh100 for children.
East African residents price Sh600 for adults and Sh400 for children.
The non-resident is Sh1200 approximately. One can take a tour of the place and witness the torture rooms that were used for the slave trade, Canons that were used in war by the Portuguese, and prisons where slaves and personnel were kept.
Fort Jesus also features a museum where one can go and marvel at guns and artifacts used during that time. Chinese, Arabic, and Persian porcelain are also available for viewing.
Once done with the Fort Jesus tour, step outside and have a taste of Swahili cuisine alongside Arabic coffee from the vendors outside.
One can have a variety of dishes from this place ranging from kebabs, biriyani, pilau, and seafood among other signature Swahili dishes.
After a hearty and filling meal take a stroll down fort Jesus road and take in the views of the sea during the sunset, with your coffee or drink of choice.
Overall, Fort Jesus is a popular tourist attraction, to surely visit and add to your bucket list when on the coast. This visit is pocket-friendly, easily accessible, and value-packed.