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Old Town
Entering Old Town
Entering Old Town
Old Town is located in Kenya
Old Town
Old Town
Old Town
Coordinates: 4°3′32″S 39°40′35″E / 4.05889°S 39.67639°E / -4.05889; 39.67639Coordinates: 4°3′32″S 39°40′35″E / 4.05889°S 39.67639°E / -4.05889; 39.67639
Country  Kenya
County Mombasa County
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Old Town in 1572

Old Town is an area of Mombasa, Kenya. Situated on the south-east side of Mombasa Island, the Old Town covers an area of 72 hectares (180 acres), and is inhabited by a mix of local, Arab, Asian, Portuguese and British settlers.[1]

In 1997, the Old Town and Fort Jesus were submitted by the National Museums of Kenya for selection in UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites.[1][2]

Geography[edit]

The area is located to the east of Mombasa Island, adjacent to Tudor Creek.

Architecture[edit]

Buildings in the Old Town are influenced by Mombasa's trade culture, with many examples of Portuguese and Islamic architecture.[3][4]

Attractions[edit]

Fort Jesus[edit]

Main article: Fort Jesus

The Portuguese Fort Jesus is located in the Old Town, and is Mombasa's most popular tourist attraction.[5]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • MombasaInfo (2009a), Old Town, MombasaInfo, retrieved 4 April 2009 
  • MombasaInfo (2009b), Fort Jesus, MombasaInfo, retrieved 4 April 2009 
  • Planetware (2011), The Old Town Description, Richmond Hill, Ontario: PlanetWare, inc., retrieved 24 January 2011 
  • UNESCO (2011a), "Mombasa Old Town", World Heritage Convention (United Nations: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), retrieved 24 January 2011 
  • UNESCO (2011b), "Fort Jesus", World Heritage Convention (United Nations: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), retrieved 24 January 2011 



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AllAfrica.com
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:07:30 -0700

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Capital FM Kenya (press release) (blog)

Capital FM Kenya (press release) (blog)
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:48:45 -0700

He said the recruitment should be conducted in every constituency in the region to ensure the youth a chance to take part in the NYS projects that are also going on in several parts of the country. President Kenyatta singled out Mombasa Old Town as an ...

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Capital FM Kenya (press release) (subscription) (blog)
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 23:56:15 -0700

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 26 – A detective was on Wednesday shot dead by hooded gunmen at Mombasa's Old Town. The officer attached to the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) was trailed by the unknown assailants and shot at a close range by two gunmen who ...
 
Coastweek
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 06:30:00 -0700

Taibali Hamzali, our Vice-Chairman, architect and resident of the Old Town, took Mr Marete on a tour and showed him all the examples of wanton destruction and the development of new structures which do not accede to the tenets of Mombasa Old Town ...

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eTurboNews
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:00:00 -0700

Kenya's coastal tourism fraternity is reeling from news that last evening, around 1730 hours East African time, a German female tourist was shot dead in the old town of Mombasa, while her companion was injured and taken to a local hospital for ...

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The Standard Digital News (satire) (press release) (registration) (blog)
Mon, 01 Jun 2015 13:37:30 -0700

Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa (right) confers with County Police Commander Robert Kitur during the Madaraka Day celebrations at the Mombasa County Stadium yesterday. [PHOTO: MAARUFU MOHAMED/STANDARD]. Mombasa leaders ...

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Tue, 26 May 2015 14:00:00 -0700

... claimed police raided his client's house in his absence. The suspect is believed to be a native of Lamu and police claim he also sells mangoes in Tana River County and is a regular worshipper at Mlango wa Papa Mosque in Mombasa's Old Town.

Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal
Mon, 09 Feb 2015 16:40:11 -0800

MOMBASA, Kenya—Police are cracking down on extremism in this bustling port city, but some young Muslim men say their tactics are only serving to amplify violence. Rights groups say a wave of arrests and alleged extrajudicial killings are enhancing ...
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