About JUA HOUSE –

Lamu is a magic place. A place where you can loose and find yourself at the same place…

Did you know that Barack Obama spend his honeymoon on Lamu?

(text taken from ‚Lamu, where history lives’) The trade winds of the Indian Ocean have been bringing the world to the East African Coast for over a thousand years. In the remote archipelago of Lamu, the local people have a long established tradition of welcoming travellers. The Lamu Archipelago today remains as mystical, exotic and serene as ever. The old stone town is a World Heritage Site, a place where culture, history and custom are all blended into a truly unique way of life. Lamu is unaffected by the pace of change of the Western world, where the wisdom of the past plays a part in present, and the pace of life is measured by the progress of the graceful dhows that sail among the islands.

Beauty of Lamu

Lamu or Lamu Town is a small town on Lamu Island, which in turn is a part of the Lamu Archipelago in Kenya. Situated 341 kilometres (212 mi) by road northeast of Mombasa that ends at Mokowe Jetty from where the sea channel has to be crossed to reach Lamu Island. It is the headquarters of Lamu County and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Lamu is Kenya’s oldest continually inhabited town, and was one of the original Swahili settlements along coastal East Africa, founded in 1370.

The town contains the Lamu Fort on the seafront, which commenced construction under Fumo Madi ibn Abi Bakr, the sultan of Pate, and was completed after his death in the early 1820s. Lamu is also home to 23 mosques, including the Riyadha Mosque, built in 1900, and a donkey sanctuary.

History

Lamu Town on Lamu Island is Kenya’s oldest continually inhabited town, and was one of the original Swahili settlements along coastal East Africa. It is believed to have been established in 1370.

Today, the majority of Lamu’s population is Muslim.

The town was first attested in writing by an Arab traveller Abu-al-Mahasini, who met a judge from Lamu visiting Mecca in 1441.