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Gede Ruins, Gede

#2 of 7 in Museums in Coast Province
Originally built in the 12th century, the present-day structure of Gede Ruins dates from the 15th and 16th century. This site features large stone houses in addition to a mosque and palace; researchers believe that the town--which remained undiscovered until the 1940s--once supported 2,500 people. The walled city represents a medieval Swahili settlement that likely covered and also features a pillar tomb, which signified a man of importance was buried there. Plan to see Gede Ruins and other attractions that appeal to you using our Gede route planner.
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  • I am thrilled that I went to the Gede Ruins during my time in Watamu. I came with a group of University students, but before coming to this beautiful town, most of us were unaware that ruins from hund...  more »
  • We spent a couple of hours in these ruins and in the small museum. I highly recommend the guided tour to better appreciate this attraction. These are the ruins of an ancient palace: You can still see the basics of the Sultan's palace, its apartments, the court, etc. You will also meet very nice monkeys who will jump on your shoulders: I suggest you bring some bananas (which you can buy before the entrance), they adore you!
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