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Mombasa
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Mombasa is the second-largest city in Kenya, with a population of over one million.
A regional cultural and economic hub, Mombasa has a large port and an international airport, and is an important regional tourism centre.
Located on the east coast of Kenya, in Coast Province, Mombasa's bordering the Indian Ocean made it a historical trading centre, and it has been controlled by many countries because of its strategic location.
Administratively, Mombasa is the capital of, and is coincident with, Mombasa County. The governor is Hassan Ali Joho.


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Fort Jesus

Fort Jesus is a Portuguese fort built in 1591 by order of King Philip I of Portugal, then ruler of the joint Portuguese and Spanish Kingdoms, located on Mombasa Island to guard the Old Port of Mombasa, Kenya. It was built in the shape of a man (viewed from the air), and was given the name of Jesus. In 2011, the fort was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, highlighted as one of the most outstanding and well preserved examples of 16th-century Portuguese military fortifications:


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Old Town

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.

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, with both being accepted:


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Architecture of Mombasa Old Town, Kenya by Martin Callum, on Flickr


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Cheers guys.

Amazing pics SE9. Are those very touristy places you're showing us i.e expensive?
- Fort Jesus & the Old Town is a poor area.

- The Tusks are on Moi Avenue which is a main street downtown.

- Mtapwa Creek is a few miles north of Mombasa island, and is affluent.

- 6:AM is on Diani Beach which is a few miles south of Mombasa island, and is touristic.

:)


Very beautiful, is this a Swahili city?
Sure is!
 

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Haller Park

Haller Park is a nature park in Bamburi, Mombasa, on the Kenyan Coast.
It is the transformation of a quarry wasteland into an ecological paradise.
Haller Park holds a variety of plant and animal species which serve as a recreation hot spot to tourists and locals. Up to March 2007 it held the famous attraction of Owen and Mzee – the friendship of a hippopotamus and a tortoise:




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