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Old December 23rd, 2014, 07:09 PM   #1
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Swahili Architecture: At Home And Abroad

Swahili culture is the culture of the Swahili people inhabiting the Swahili Coast. This littoral area encompasses Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Mozambique, as well as the adjacent islands of Zanzibar and Comoros and some parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi.
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Popular Swahili Town, Lamu

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very interesting to see. Thanks
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a very old castle in Lamu
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Voyager Beach Resort in Mombasa by MEAACT Kenya, on Flickr


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Mombasa is Kenya's 2nd largest city founded at around 900AD.

The exact founding date of the city is unknown, but it has a long history. It must have been already a prosperous trading town in the 12th century, as the Arab geographer Al Idrisi mentions it in 1151.

During the pre-modern period, Mombasa was an important centre for the trade in spices, gold, and ivory. Its trade links reached as far as the Indian subcontinent and modern-day China and oral historians today can still recall this period of local history. History shows that there was trade links between Mombasa and Cholas of South India. Throughout the early modern period, Mombasa was a key node in the complex and far reaching Indian Ocean trading networks, its key exports then were ivory, millet, sesamum and coconuts.
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Friday Mosque in Shela - Lamu Kenya by Eric Lafforgue, on Flickr

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Lamu | Kenya

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Attractive & Unique View of The Majlis Lamu Historical Building by The Majlis Resorts, on Flickr

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Relax in the Cushioned & Cozy Majlis Sunbed Beside the Pleasant Pool by The Majlis Resorts, on Flickr

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Desert fort on Shella beach, Lamu, Kenya by jane_waite, on Flickr


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Lamu is Kenya's oldest continually inhabited town, and was one of the original Swahili settlements along coastal East Africa, founded in 1370
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Lamu | Kenya

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Doctor Stephane Delajoux house in Manda Island, Lamu, Kenya by Eric Lafforgue, on Flickr

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The town was first attested in writing by an Arab traveller Abu-al-Mahasini, who met a judge from Lamu visiting Mecca in 1441.

In 1505, the Portuguese invaded Lamu, forcing the king of the town to quickly concede to paying protection money to them. The Portuguese invasion was prompted by the nation's successful mission to control trade along the coast of the Indian Ocean. For a considerable time, Portugal had a monopoly on shipping along the East African coast and imposed export taxes on pre-existing local channels of commerce. In the 1580s, prompted by Turkish raids, Lamu led a rebellion against the Portuguese. In 1652, Oman assisted Lamu to resist Portuguese control.
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Lamu's years as an Omani protectorate during the period from the late 17th century to early 19th century mark the town's golden age. Lamu was governed as a republic under a council of elders known as the Yumbe who ruled from a palace in the town; little exists of the palace today other than a ruined plot of land.

During this period, Lamu became a center of poetry, politics, arts and crafts as well as trade. Many of the buildings of the town were constructed during this period in a distinct classical style.
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Shela is the most expensive place in Lamu by Eric Lafforgue, on Flickr


Lamu by Alex Shapovalov, on Flickr


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The town was founded in the 14th century and it contains many fine examples of Swahili architecture. The old city is inscribed on the World Heritage List as "the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa".

There are several museums, including the Lamu Museum, home to the island's ceremonial horn (called siwa); other museums are dedicated to Swahili culture and to the local postal service.
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