Mombasa is Kenya's second largest city and one of the oldest settlements in the country with rich history and culture.Mombasa island is connected to the mainland by two causeways to the west, a bridge to the north and a ferry to the south however getting around the island is pretty easy.
Hundreds of kilometres of beautiful sandy beaches that fringe the low lying coastal strip are backed by dunes and coconut palms traversed by scores of streams and rivers.
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Constructed in 1593 by the Portuguese, the fort which acted as a look out for potential invaders of the island and a harbour for Portuguese settlers.The island saw a lot of invasions from Omani Arabs and the sultans from Zanzibar which saw the fort taken over in 1631 in a popular revolt which saw the killing of all remaining Portuguese.the takeover didn't last long for the sultan and the Portuguese took over the fort again.
Many more ships french and British ships began to dock and the interest for the island grew year by year.
Mombasa's old town however isn't that old as the name suggest.most buildings date from the early 19th century but the foundations and styles of construction is borrowed from the ancient Zanzibar architecture.the narrow Allys and streets distinguish the town from the rest of the city.