Friday, August 17, 2018

The Mbaraki Pillar

From Tony Chetham:

After my parents married they moved into a bungalow at Mbaraki, not too far from the Moorings Hotel close to Liwatoni. Mombasa in those days was blessed with very little traffic and father always used his bicycle. My parents often joked about “Piglet” which somebody offloaded on him. It resulted in father driving it everywhere much to his enjoyment. A lot of Austin export cars had a box end construction ~ not sure why, could have been for the military?

The bungalow was in the shadow of Mbaraki Pillar. Almost 50 feet tall, the 300-year-old pillar stands about 50ft tall and is believed to have been an early form of lighthouse although close by is a slightly older mosque with which it may have been associated.

It is the second oldest monument after Fort Jesus. Made of coral stone and still in its original form, the pillar leans at a slight angle like the leaning tower of Pisa.

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