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The village of Shela is located on the South-Eastern corner of Lamu Island, about 3km from the town of Lamu. Shela thrived from 1829-1857, when 5 of its 6 mosques were constructed. It is now a centre for tourism.

The Zamani Project team visited Lamu Island on a field campaign in 2006, and spatially documented the Shela Mosque as well as the Lamu Fort and the Swahili House Museum.

Similar sites:
Gede Mosque (Gede, Kenya), Djenné Mosque (Djenné, Mali), Djingereyber Mosque, (Timbuktu, Mali), Kilwa Mosque (Kilwa, Tanzania), Songo Mnara Mosque (Songo Mnara, Tanzania)


> Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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3D model of the Shela Mosque

Panorama Tour

Panorama Tour of Shela & Lamu

The Panorama Tour includes the Shela Mosqe, the lamu Fort and the Swahili House Museum.

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