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This colonial fort is an intriguing example of Renaissance military architecture, built in 1595 the fort changed hands numerous times as it played a vital role in controlling trade of the Indian ocean. It is now a museum and a UNESCO World Heritage site.


"After 2 easy days back at the YM in Nairobi I took the overnight train down to Mombasa. Leaving at 6:30pm it gave one time to have a leisurely meal in the dining car before turning in for the night. I had a second class sleeper costing £4 which I found very comfortable. I was awakened in time to have breakfast before the train arrived at 8am. A very pleasant way to travel, my only regret was missing some of the scenery on route.

My first impressions of Mombasa was how hot and humid it was after Nairobi, and I was glad to get booked into a hotel so I could leave my baggage and not have to carry it anymore.

In walking round the city I soon became aware of the strong Arab influence, not only in the people, but also the architecture, which I was later to find all along the coast.

The Portuguese and British Colonial styles, combined with that of Arab, Indian and African cultures all went to make Mombasa a colourful, and I found a most fascinating city. I soon found myself enjoying in particular the old Arab quarter where I was able to watch the many craftsmen at work in their small shops, making a variety of things from fancy wooden chests to furniture and coffee pots." - MH

Fort Jesus, Mombasa, 1977

  • All items are produced from original paintings by Martyn Hanks.

    Prints:Size is A4 (8.27" x 11.69"/210 x 297mm). Printed onto high quality 245gsm fine art watercolour paper to give the print an authentic look and feel. Supplied in a textured off white mount size 12" x 16" (305 x 406mm), backed and sealed in a clear cellophane wrap and delivered in a protective carton to ensure it reaches you in perfect condition.

    Cards: Size 7" X 5"/178 x 127mm. Packaged in a clear cellophane wrap with a top quality 150gsm self-seal white envelope.

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