Iconic Kongo mosque believed to be oldest in East Africa - 7 months ago, 11 July 22:30
Amid huge baobab trees at the northern part of the Diani Beach shoreline lies the iconic Kongo mosque, overlooking the Indian Ocean.
It has stood for ages and is believed to have been built using coral stones between 13th and 14th century by Arab merchants. At the time, the coast was an important economic hub.
The mosque is reputed to be one of the oldest in East Africa and it still attracts worshippers.
Formerly known as Diani Persian Mosque, the building's architecture is as unique as its discovery. Kongo was derived from a name inscribed on a stone at one of the graves in the mosque compound, where Muslim faithful Swaddiq Kongo was buried centuries ago.
Also at the compound are several graves believed to be of the people who built it.
According to historical accounts, the mosque was built and used by Arab merchants for prayers.
But it ...
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