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Old Town (Mombasa, Kenya)

Old Town is the part of Mombasa that is reminiscent of the days when the Arabs exerted a heavy influence on the town and its culture, and especially in the architecture and language (Kiswahili has a lot of phrases derived from various Arabic dialects). It is well known for its ancient buildings, extravagant art designs and curio shops that sell antique and popular Kenyan souvenirs. Old Town is best seen when explored by foot with an experienced guide, as the streets are too narrow to accommodate a large number of vehicles. The towns inhabitants are mostly of Arab origin, their forefathers having once roamed the same streets of the town. Fort Jesus is located just a few steps away from where the town “starts”, thus a complete tour of the fort and the Old Town can be done in a single day. The Old Town is presently nominated on the “Tentative List” of UNESCO for inclusion as a World Heritage Site.

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