This fort was built in the 16th century by the Portuguese. It was made overlooking the Indian ocean so as to help the Portuguese keep an eye on the approaching ships from the ocean. It signifies the European colonization of Mombasa and was the first major structure built in the area. Fort Jesus, Mombasa, changed hands many times throughout its history, coming under Arab, Swahili and English control thus it has a rich history and culture! It is overlooking the Indian ocean and is a must watch to get a glimpse of the history of Mombasa. It houses a museum which houses artifacts from the slave trade era. The fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The fort is an example of ancient Portuguese architecture and is in a dilapidated shape having borne the onslaught of the Arabs. Today it has a lovely museum and offers scenic views of the Indian Ocean. No trip is complete without adding a dash of history to it. Hard to bid adieu to Mombasa without visiting Fort Jesus.