07-12-2020 by Leni Frau
The fortification project to save the rocks on the small promontory that houses Vasco Da Gama's pillar, a symbol of the arrival of Europeans in Kenya and Christianity, is becoming more than just a bulkhead.
During the first inspections, the heads of the National Museum of Kenya and the Director of Marine Archaeology Caesar Bita explained to us of Malindikenya.net the project to build a wall to defend the rocks from the tides of the ocean. Then we asked not only to protect, but to take advantage of the work and the government budget to beautify the site, which is a tourist attraction especially for travellers from Kenya and other African countries.
So in a few months, in addition to the wall, which is well made, a walkway with steps and corals has been prepared, leading to the most iconographic monument of the town and work is being completed for a walk around the Vasco da Gama Pillar, which could become the classic vantage point for "postcard photographs of Malindi". In short, a radical change for the better and also for those who live on the Kenyan coast an imaginative place of relaxation, meditation and why not, a meeting place where to go every now and then.
Let's remember that, if on the one hand there is an entrance ticket for non-citizens of Kenya, becoming a member of the Malindi Museum Society (home to the National Museum of Malindi) and supporting art and culture with only Kes. 1000 per year, you are entitled to free admission to both Vasco Da Gama Pillar and all museums and archaeological sites on the Kenyan coast, including Fort Jesus in Mombasa.
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