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Kenya, Lamu Old Town

 Posted by , last edited on December 18, 2013 at 05:17:54

Location Coast Province, Lamu District, Kenya
Coordinates S2 17 4 E40 51 9
Property 16 ha
Date of Inscription 2001

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Lamu Old Town is the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa, retaining its traditional functions. Built in coral stone and mangrove timber, the town is characterized by the simplicity of structural forms enriched by such features as inner courtyards, verandas, and elaborately carved wooden doors. Lamu has hosted major Muslim religious festivals since the 19th century, and has become a significant centre for the study of Islamic and Swahili cultures.

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