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About Fort Jesus

The impressive Fort Jesus on Mombasa Island is a significant historical landmark in East Africa and a popular attraction for local and international visitors.

It was built in 1593 to guard the entrance of the harbour by order of King Philip I of Portugal, also King Philip II of Spain, joint monarch of the Portuguese and Spanish Kingdoms. The fort was given the name of Jesus, and displays the shape of a man from the air.

In 2011 Fort Jesus was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significance as one of the most outstanding and well-preserved examples of 16th Century Portuguese military fortifications.

Apart from its status as a major tourist destination, the Fort is an important host for numerous research programs, a Conservation Lab, and Education Department and the Old Town Conservation Office.

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Accommodation near Fort Jesus

New Palm Tree Hotel

Sleeps 76 in 40 rooms

New Palm Tree Hotel is situated in the central business district of Mombasa. We offer exclusive hospitality services in a relatively...
from R506
per night for 2 guests

The Royal Palace Hotel

Sleeps 30 in 14 rooms

The Royal Palace Hotel is situated in the Makadara district in Mombasa, 10 minutes’ drive from the Moi International airport. Here guest...
from R452
per night for 2 guests

Lotus Hotel

Sleeps 48 in 24 rooms

Lotus Hotel is situated in a quiet area in Mombasa, only a short walk to various shops and restaurants. The staff is always friendly and...
from R889
per night for 2 guests

Fort Jesus Map

Fort Jesus is 4km from the centre of Mombasa , the nearest airport 9.6km (Mombasa Moi International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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