Mombasa's famous elephant tusks located along Moi Avenue. [Photo/ afktravel.com]
Kenya's second biggest city is no doubt one of the best places one can ever visit.
With its white sandy beaches, historical features and sumptuous meals served by the most hospitable people, Mombasa is definitely the epitome of adventure.
However, you'll be surprised to realise that you really do not know much about two of the most unique phenomena at the heart of the coastal city's rich history: The famous elephant tusks and the ageless Fort Jesus.
Take a look at these amazing facts about these two features.
The Elephant Tusks
Perhaps the most recognisable face of Mombasa, these four tusks erected along the town's Moi Avenue Street were built in 1956.
While you may think that they are a decoration of some sort, these giant aluminium tusks were actually built to commemorate the visit of Princess Margaret of England.
A closer look at their intersection at the top would reveal the letter 'M' which is the first letter of the port city's name.
You may have encountered this name in your history studies but beyond that lies rich historical facts about this monumental building.
Built in the 16th century, Fort Jesus was lost and won nine times by nations that sought to control the strategic Kenyan Coast.
Among the battlers were the British, the Portuguese and the Oman Arabs.
The fort acted as a watchtower for the Portuguese and as a prison for slaves.
Fort Jesus was named as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.