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Fort Jesus

Fort Jesus
Fort Jesus, Mombasa is a Portuguese fort built in 1593. It was built in the shape of a man (viewed from the air), and was given the name of Jesus.

The fort was designed by an Italian architect, Jao Batisto Cairato, who was the Chief Architect for Portuguese possessions in the East. It was the first European-style fort constructed outside of Europe designed to resist cannon fire. Today, it is one of the finest examples of 16th century Portuguese military architecture, which has been influenced and changed by both the Omani Arabs and the British.


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Fort Jesus, Mombasa
Country: Kenya
Inscribed: 2011
Cultural Heritage
Criteria:  (2) (5)
Category: Secular structure, Military / Fortifications

Site history:
2011 Inscribed
Reasons for inscription
2008Incomplete - not examined

Site links

Official website:
»National Museums of Kenya

In the news:
» Vandals Deface Fort Jesus Heritage Site (09-05-2015).
» Fort Jesus continues to register dwindling numbers of visitors (15-04-2014).

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Coral Masonry . Renaissance .
Built or owned by Portuguese . Prison .
Swahili culture .
Human Activity
Geoglyphs .
Individual People
Ibn Battuta .
Built in the 16th century .
World Heritage Process
Controversial at inscription . Single Monuments .

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