American Embassy Memorial Garden


This well-tended walled garden occupies the former site of the American embassy, which was destroyed by terrorist bombings on 7 August 1998. It’s a lovely spot, despite being right between busy Moi and Haile Selassie Aves. A short film describing the horrific events of the attack can also be viewed – ask the security guard if you'd like to see it. There's also free wi-fi.

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2. National Archives


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3. Holy Family Cathedral

0.46 MILES

The main Catholic church in the city, this is a key downtown landmark and one of Nairobi's most important churches.

4. Railway Museum

0.48 MILES

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5. Parliament House


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7. Jamia Mosque

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Amid the clutter of downtown, Nairobi’s main mosque is a lovely building in typical Arab-Muslim style, with all the domes, marble and Quranic inscriptions…

8. Khoja Mosque

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