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Jumba la Mtwana

Located in Kilifi county fifteen kilometres from Mombasa is the Jumba la Mtwana. It is a historical site in that it is the remains of an old structure that was used for slave trade in the fourteenth century. Jumba La Mtwana is a Swahili name that means a large house of slaves. This large house is made up of three houses and a mosque. The house names are as follows; house of the kitchen, house of many pools and house of cylinder.

According to archaeological evidence, this structure was inhabited by the Muslims most especially because of the mosque in the place. There is a museum in the building that exhibits the Swahili culture artifacts and their way of life. This is one of the most visited destinations in
the Kenyan coast just like the Gede ruins. The remains of the old building plus the old trees from the 14 th century will give you a magical view of the area. There are several cisterns in the area owing to the fact that the Swahili people are known to be clean people hence the many water sources.

Of keen interest is the upper walls that depict the insertion of mangrove beams in the 14 th century. Additionally there is an Arabic writing in the graveyard that states that every human will have to go through death. The mosque is an attraction in itself as it overlooks the Indian Ocean giving the visitors a clear view of the ocean.

The entry fees to the place are Kshs.500 for both adults and children and the best time to visit the ruins is between 10:00 a.m. in the morning to 2:00 p.m in the evening.The hotels around this
place include the Jumba ruins monsoon and the beach Africa hotel.


Directions:
By Bus:
Take a bus from Nairobi to Mombasa, from where you will take another bus to the Mtwapa
stage which is close to the destination.
Flying:
Take a flight to the Moi international Airport in Mombasa then take a bus to Mtwapa.

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