Lamu Town on Lamu Island is Kenya’s oldest continually inhabited town and was one of the original Swahili settlements along coastal East Africa. It is believed to have been established in 1370.
Lamu or Lamu Town is a small beach town on Lamu Island, which in turn is a part of the Lamu Archipelago in Kenya. Situated 341 kilometers (212 mi) by road northeast of Mombasa that ends at Mokowe Jetty, from where the sea channel has to be crossed to reach Lamu Island. It is the headquarters of Lamu County and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The town contains the Lamu Fort on the seafront, constructed under Fumo Madi ibn Abi Bakr, the sultan of Pate, and was completed after his death in the early 1820s. Lamu is also home to 23 mosques, including the Riyadh Mosque, built-in 1900, and a donkey sanctuary.
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