About Fort Jesus
Fort Jesus is a Portuguese fort built a few centuries ago. King Philip I of Portugal had this fort built in 1591. It is perched on Mombasa Island to guard Mombasa's Old Port. An aerial view of this fort depicts the shape of a man.
It looks like a man lying on his back facing the sea. The fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an example of Portuguese military fortifications of the 16th Century.
Attractions in Fort Jesus
The fort houses a museum and it also has an Oman House (where the Sultan who ruled the East African coast lived), an open water cistern (for water harvesting) and a 76-foot well the Arabs dug but only found salty water useful in cleaning chores only.
Fort Jesus is a popular stop over for visitors exploring the coast of Kenya. If you are in Mombasa for business or leisure, pop into this historic structure to learn a thing or two about the East African coast.
Hotels in Mombasa near Fort Jesus
Mombasa has a wide range of hotels that include 5 star hotels and cheap Mombasa hotels. They include the New Palm Tree Hotel, Sentrim Castle Royal Hotel and PrideInn Hotel Mombasa.