First Church In East Africa

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Meria Mata

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Do you know that the Portuguese Chapel in Malindi was the first known church in East Africa? It was built in the 15th Century. In the adjoining graveyard two Portuguese sailors are buried. They were aboard the same ship with St. Francis Xavier who was travelling to India in 1542. After the Portuguese left Malindi in 1598, the church remained abandoned until the British arrived in 1893.
The first District Commissioner J. Bell Smith was buried there in 1894. From 1894 the graveyard was used until 1959. This chapel is older than Fort Jesus!
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I wonder why we don't have more UNESCO protected sites in Kenya. There is so much history here that shouldn't be allowed to just disappear.

I've been to holiday in Mombasa so many times and was only recently told that the piece of land with a demolished slab right next to BOA (near Fort Jesus) used to be a trading platform for slavers. Beneath it, there is a labyrinth of tunnels connecting it to other parts further inland and the main one connected it to Fort Jesus which is where they would make the slaves who were to be transported out/in pass away from sight.

Next time I asked about it, they said someone was in the process of buying the land to build an office complex.

... oh yeah, the tunnels were closed/blocked on purpose because some locals said that there were some savage demonic dogs living in there which were killing their children and the local authorities decided to fix it with dynamite! Problem fixed! smdh
 

dabu

Village Elder
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I agree with @Nefertities , these sites need to be protected. I visited Fort Jesus and i was awed so much. That night anf few days after i lay awake at night trying to figure out how it was in 1593. fort jesus.jpg
 

kaki86

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It is said an underground network of tunnels originates at Fort Jesus and cuts across Mombasa through Mama Ngina Drive, Docks and Makupa Causeway. @meriamata is this true
 

Meria Mata

Elder Statesman
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It is said an underground network of tunnels originates at Fort Jesus and cuts across Mombasa through Mama Ngina Drive, Docks and Makupa Causeway. @meriamata is this true
its rumored that the tunnels start from the site of the demolished Manor hotel to Fort Jesus. Have tried to dig up on it but have found nothing.
 
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xuma

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@Meria Mata Help me confirm the rumours I heard that hata Nairobi kuna an underground tunnel that was used by the colonial masters running across the current CBD. I dont know if the guy was tipsy (coz he had swallowed a few) though he sounded confident that the tunnel ran from Railways to Ambassadeur Hotel, then to somewhere around State House....Sijui but just interested to know.
 

Meria Mata

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@Meria Mata Help me confirm the rumours I heard that hata Nairobi kuna an underground tunnel that was used by the colonial masters running across the current CBD. I dont know if the guy was tipsy (coz he had swallowed a few) though he sounded confident that the tunnel ran from Railways to Ambassadeur Hotel, then to somewhere around State House....Sijui but just interested to know.
Kazi kwangu. I got an ear on the ground let me check and see what ill get
 
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