Fort Jesus is Mombasa’s most well-liked tourist attraction. The fort, situated alongside the shoreline near the Old Town, is a monumental piece of architecture that was constructed in the 16th century by the Portuguese. The fort has a museum that displays various artefacts from the epoch where Mombasa served as a shipment point for the slave trade and commodities, and which enjoyed customary visits by seafarers and the like. Its interior comprises of torture rooms and prison cells where slaves were kept in detention before being trafficked. Weapons such as canons, which were used to guard the fort from invading foreigners as well as rioting locals, can be seen both inside and outside of the castle.