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Lamu town is the oldest living Swahili town in Kenya and has a rich history and texture increasingly threatened by modern interventions and the loss of its traditional socio-economic base. Lamu is comparable to others such... Show more

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Lamu town is the oldest living Swahili town in Kenya and has a rich history and texture increasingly threatened by modern interventions and the loss of its traditional socio-economic base. Lamu is comparable to others such as Zanzibar in Tanzania. It has managed to retain all its charm and character built up over centuries. The old city is inscribed on the World Heritage List as "the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa". Lamu appears to be a region almost frozen in time. The physical appearance and the character of the town have changed very little over the centuries. The architecture of Lamu is uniquely Swahili, with storied buildings, intricately carved wooden doors and numerous mosques. Lamu is a dominant cultural centre reputable for its historic past and traditional socio-cultural traditions. As such visitors to Lamu can enjoy a large and diverse collection of heritage and cultural attractions. At the district level, Lamu has the... Show more