Vasco da Gama was the first European to come to Mombasa in 1498 but he only stayed a week. However, the natural harbour attracted attention and in 1589 a Turkish expedition built a fort there. This made the Portuguese fear for their safety so they attacked and took Mombasa in 1593 and built a large fort to guard the entrance to the harbour.
Fort Jesus has suffered murder, starvation, treachery, bombardment, and siege. It has preserved the same basic shape since it was built..
Fort Jesus is open daily from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm
For Non-Kenyans prices were 200;00 SHs for adults and 100k Shs for children.