TBT! The 1956 movie ‘Beyond Mombasa’ shot in Coast

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Mombasa is the second largest city in the country and a very historic city which has always attracted a number of tourists interested in learning about its rich history which dates back to decades ago.

The history of the city is a mixture of African, Persian, Arab, Portuguese and British influences which contributed to the rich cultures found in the city today.

By the 15th century, Mombasa was a thriving, sophisticated city with established trade routes to China, Persia, and India.

Around this time the Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama discovered the city while on a voyage around Africa to find the sea route to India. After a period of less than 5 years the Portuguese returned to attack the city.

Five years later, Almeida, another Portuguese seafarer, plundered the port and 23 years later the Portuguese mounted another raid. The invaders then occupied Mombasa, building the impressive Fort Jesus and dominated the entrance to the old harbour, between 1593 and 1598.

Today being a Thursday a day when most of us prefer going down the memory lane, take a moment to watch this film shot in the year 1956 and titled ‘Beyond Mombasa’.

The film was set and filmed in several parts of the Coast , and stars Cornel Wilde, Donna Reed, Leo Genn, Ron Randell and Christopher Lee and its a bout an American man who travels to the region to find his brother’s killers.

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