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Jumba la Mtwana a picturesque ruined village in Kilifi district, Coast province. It is about 15 kms north of Mombasa on and above the beach about 1km north of the mouth of Mtwapa creek; 4 kms from the Mombasa-Malindi road and extends along the shore for a distance of about 300 metres and 250 metres inland
The name Jumba la Mtwana means in Swahili "the large house of the slave". Within this area four mosques, a tomb and four houses have survived in recognizable condition. These houses include the House of the Cylinder, The House of the Kitchen, The House of the Many Pools, which had three phases, and the Great Mosque. The inhabitants of this town were mainly Muslims as evidenced by a number of ruined mosques.
Clearance and excavation of the ruins were first carried out in 1972 by James Kirkman with a view of dating the buildings, its period of occupation and consolidating buildings which were in danger of collapse. Ten years later in 1982, Jumba la Mtwana was gazetted as a National Monument. Jumba is legally protected under Antiquities and Monuments Laws of Kenya.