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Mombasa Old Town

Date of Submission: 26/06/1997
Criteria: (i)(ii)(iii)(iv)
Category: Cultural
Submitted by:
National Museums of Kenya
Coordinates: Lat. 3°55' - 4°10' S Long. 39°35' - 39°45' E
Ref.: 883
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Description

The old town of Mombasa where most of the heritage of this second largest city in Kenya is largely confined in, is an area of approximately 72 hactares, inhabitated by a richly diverse group of communities : locals, Arabs, Asians, Portuguese and the British which have co-existed for hundreds of years. The various social, political, religious and economic actvities of these groups have created a distinct character and culture which together has come to define this old town. The visible aspect of this unique character is a collection of historical buildings dating from the 18th century which combines, African, Arabic and European influences. Many of these buildings still exist, in beautifully carved doors as well as elegantly styled balconies attached to their turn of the century facades.