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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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The Standard Digital News (satire) (press release) (registration) (blog)

The Standard Digital News (satire) (press release) (registration) (blog)
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 04:03:45 -0700

Mombasa, Kenya: Masked gunmen shot and killed a National Intelligence Service (NIS) officer Thursday night as he emerged from a mosque in Mombasa's Old Town, sparking fears of a return of targeted assassination of security agents and moderate imams ...

The Globe and Mail (subscription)

The Globe and Mail (subscription)
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:58:56 -0700

“Tourism on the coast is dead, completely dead,” says Ahmed Shee Ahmed, a tour guide at Fort Jesus, the 420-year-old Portuguese fort in Mombasa's old town. A dozen guides sit idle at the fort, waiting for visitors who never come. Mr. Ahmed said he hasn ...
 
Coastweek
Fri, 12 Jun 2015 05:11:15 -0700

Coastweek-- At last the rain is pouring which will hopefully lower the temperature which has seemed very hot for May and will also revive the drooping plants, NEWSLETTER NOTES FROM FRIENDS OF FORT JESUS. Our sympathy goes out to all those ...

The Standard Digital News (satire) (press release) (registration) (blog)

The Standard Digital News (satire) (press release) (registration) (blog)
Sat, 13 Jun 2015 14:00:00 -0700

Swahili elders perform rituals on food leftovers at the Kigunza festival in Mombasa. (Photo: Gideon Maundu/Standard). There was great excitement at Mombasa's Allidina Visram High School when the Swahili community gathered to mark Kigunza, an annual ...

eTurboNews

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 ...
 
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 ...
 
The Star
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:18:45 -0700

Criminal Intelligence Unit officer Muhammad Khamisi was shot dead by hooded gunmen near Fort Jesus in Mombasa on Wednesday. Khamisi was accosted and killed outside a square in Mombasa Old Town at about 9pm, said regional deputy county police ...

The Standard Digital News (satire) (press release) (registration) (blog)

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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