Vasco da Gama Pillar

For those keen on taking a pilgrimage, the historical town of Malindi in Kilifi, lying at the mouth of the River Galana along the Indian Ocean Coast of Kenya, is one of the most memorable places to visit. The resort town is best known for the Vasco da Gama Pillar, a bell-shaped monument built by the Portuguese in 1498.

This monument is one of the oldest European cenotaphs built on the East African coast in 1498 amid Muslim resistance. More impressive for what it represents (the genesis of the Age of Exploration) than the edifice itself.

It was built by the Portuguese to give direction for those following the sea route to India. Da Gama was a Portuguese explorer and navigator, the first person to sail directly from Europe to India. His discovery of the sea route to India made it possible for the Portuguese to establish a long-running colonial empire in Asia. 

Key Features

  • History
  • Oldest European cenotaphs
  • Built by Vasco da Gama




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