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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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