Located in Mombasa, the Coastal region of Kenya, the Fort was built by the Portuguese between 1593 and 1596, to guard the old port of Mombasa, and served as a place of safety and security for the Portuguese living on the Coast.
The Coastal region had interested parties, who used to live in Mombasa, such as the Omani Arabs, who attacked the fort from 1696 to 1698. This was a real struggle for Fort Jesus.
Fort Jesus also served as barracks for the Portuguese soldiers between 1837 and 1895. When it fell under the British rule in 1895, the fort was converted to a prison.
On display at Fort Jesus is a collection of items preserved over the years to dating back to the 14th and 19th century, that were used by the Portuguese and Omani Arabs. Some of these items include an ancient Portuguese chair, Persian chest, drums, plates and gourds.
Outside the fort, are unique and neatly displayed canons (superior weapons in the olden times) that were used to fight against enemies. Spend the day exploring the gun turrets, battlements and houses within the walls.
This is a perfect spot to interact with history.