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Heritage Site Lamu Old Town World Heritage Site

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Located in Kenya :: Kenya  :: Lamu
Category: Attraction :: Heritage Site

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Lamu Old town have been recognised by UNESCO recognized as a World Heritage Site. The buildings of Lamu Old Town, the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa, are constructed in coral stone and mangrove timber. Founded in or before the 14th century, Lamu Old Town has maintained much of its traditional atmosphere with narrow streets and Swahili architecture which combines Swahili, Arabic, Persian, Indian and European building elements. Built in coral stone and mangrove timber, the town is characterized by features such as inner courtyards, verandas, and elaborately carved wooden doors.

The architecture and urban structure of Lamu graphically demonstrate the cultural influences that have come together over 700 hundred years from Europe, Arabia, and India, utilizing traditional Swahili techniques that produced a distinct culture. It is also defined by clusters of dwellings divided into a number of small wards (mitaa) each being a group of buildings where a number of closely related lineages live.

Lamu Old Town is managed by the National Museums and Heritage Act 2006 (that replaced the 1983 National Museums Act CAP 216 and Antiquities and Monuments Act CAP 215) and the Local Governments Act (and the associated by laws). The Lamu Stone Town Conservation Office, now renamed the Lamu World Heritage Site and Conservation Office, was established by the National Museums of Kenya and has been in operation since 1986. For more information contact the National Museums of Kenya.

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Address :  Lamu, Kenya
Tel :  +254(0)20 816 4134
Tel2 :  +254(0)20 816 4135
Email :  Click Here
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