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“Sweet little church! ”
Review of Portuguese Church

Portuguese Church
Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile

I love that they have preserved this little gem! It may not be very big, but the fact that has stood for so many centuries is quite impressive.

Built by the Portuguese Catholics 1498 in what was then and continues to be a Muslim dominated area, St. Francis Xavier buried two of his sailors here who had died at sea.

My guide, who walked with me from the Malindi Museum, was quite knowledge about its history, and clearly pointed out the parts of the structure that were recent additions vs. the original construction. (Obviously the palm thatched roof needs to be replaced frequently...)

It’s worth a stop and see if you are in the area, but don’t go to Malindi expressly for this small building, LOL!

Thank Mommydoe
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Reviewed March 26, 2018

is the best place to know of the history of the church in kenya, and st. francis Xavier was moving with his group

Thank MWANGI M
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Reviewed August 17, 2017

This church was built by the Portuguese in the 15th Century. It's small and quaint, with a thatched roof but the smell inside was very overpowering. Interesting graveyard.

Thank judithgarson
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Reviewed April 26, 2017

It is an interesting piece of history - one that actually corrected what we were taught in school about the first Catholic church built in East Africa. This was done by the Portuguese at this site. A very small church but very historical indeed.

Thank Andrew W
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Reviewed April 10, 2017

When i visited, the reception was good. I was able to move around and was given as much detail as i asked for. You learn about the Portuguese and what they did at the eastern coast of Africa.

Thank donkugonza
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