The Mombasa Story| Fort Jesus
Previously on Picture? Perfect..
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Our day’s superheroes comprising your’s truly, @Truthslinger (feat. Wife), @AwinyoPiny, @stanleymuthoka and @natishem were marooned in a haunted Island, surrounded by angry, paranoid apes distressed because we had taken pictures of them and paid them peanuts, so inevitably they went bananas as we tried to give them the slip..
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Having visited old Town, which provided us with rich education on culture and history, the next stop was a restaurant called Island Dishes. Now I would be happy to throw in pics of what transpired there but I fear if i do so, some people will be after my life. I have no wife nor children. The End.
It was basically a feast of fury there.Ate Biriani washed down with Ukwaju and Kahawa Tungu. The aftermath of such a battle fought between stomach vs plate was a very lethargic trek up towards Fort Jesus.
Fort Jesus is a Portuguese fort built in 1593 by order of King Philip II of Spain ( King Philip I of Portugal ), then ruler of the joint Portuguese and Spanish Kingdoms, located on Mombasa Island to guard the Old Port of Mombasa, Kenya. It was built in the shape of a man (viewed from the air), and was given the name of Jesus, after Shaikh Isa Bin Tarif Al Bin Ali Al Utbi conquered the fort in 1837 after being asked for assistance by Sayyid Said Bin Sultan, Sultan of Oman. The name Jesus in Arabic means Isa, therefore it means the Fort of Isa (Isa Bin Tarif). Isa Bin Tarif, Chief of the Al Bin Ali Al Utbi Tribe, is a descendant of the original uttoobee conquerors of Bahrain. The Al Bin Ali were a politically important group that moved backwards and forwards between Qatar and Bahrain, they were the original dominant group of Zubara area, they were also known for their courage, persistence, and abundant wealth.
- ^ The Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia by John Gordon Lorimer p451
- ^ The Precis Of Turkish Expansion On The Arab Littoral Of The Persian Gulf And Hasa And Katif Affairs. By J. A. Saldana; 1904, I.o. R R/15/1/724
- ^ Arabia’s Frontiers: The Story of Britain’s Boundary Drawing in the Desert, John C. Wilkinson, p44
- ^ Arabian Studies By R.B. Serjeant, R.L. Bidwell, p67
(Information obtained from Wikipedia)
End of History class. The rest, my view – in pictures.
And the best for last, @Truthslinger attempting to model in a cave (he’s a natural!)
…Actually what I meant is he looks in his natural habitat. (Forgive me bro, I couldn’t resist.)
P.S – Keep it locked for the final chapter of The Mombasa Stories. Coming Soon to a blog near you.