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Jaffna Fort, Jaffna

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A remarkable embodiment of the Hindu-Tamil culture, Jaffna Fort represents an archeological monument to Sri Lanka's internal strife. While the current fort's construction dates from 1618 following the Portuguese invasion, some evidence suggests its layout goes back to ancient Buddhist cultural expansion. Through the colonial period, the British and the Dutch also held the fort under their governance, which led to the creation as well as the destruction of certain segments. Inside, find a church with the statue of Virgin Mary, governor's residence, garrison parade ground, and queen's house, among other buildings from the Portuguese era. Bring a hat and extra sunscreen for your visit, since it can get incredibly hot under the sun. With our world travel planner, Jaffna attractions like Jaffna Fort can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • This fort built by the Portuguese at Jaffna, Sri Lanka in 1618 under Philip De Olivera following the Portuguese invasion of Jaffna. Since the war there were some damage in it but there you can see the...  more »
  • It looks impressive from the outside but there is not much to see on the inside. The view from the ramparts are good overlooking the sea and there are plenty of different birds to see both inside and ...  more »
  • Great place to visit and understand how big a feat it would be to build something like this in the 1600s. Amazing cultural experience. 
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  • A fort built during the dutch reign in sri lanka... A place to visit if u r interested in vintage architecture...
  • A historic Dutch Fort built in the 15th century in the far north of Sri Lanka (SL). A must visit for any traveller to the north of SL.
  • It has a significant historical background. One of the main Dutch Forts in Sri Lanka.
  • Jaffna fort is located by the south of Jaffna City, bounding to the Lagoon. Near to the famous Jaffna Library.This fort covers the area of 22 acres and consider as the second largest fort in Sri Lanka. Jaffna fort was constructed with black corals, which can be easily find in Janna District.
  • Jaffna Fort is a fort built by the Portuguese at Jaffna, Sri Lanka in 1618 under Philip De Olivera following the Portuguese invasion of Jaffna. Due to numerous miracles attributed to the statue of Virgin Mary in the church inside the fort, Jaffna Fort was named as Fortress of Our Lady of Miracles of Jafanapatão (Fortaleza de Nossa Senhora dos Milagres de Jafanapatão). It was captured by the Dutch under Rijcklof van Goens in 1658 who expanded it. In 1795, it was taken over by the British, and remained under the control of a British garrison till 1948. As the only large military fort in the country, due to the presence of only government and military buildings within its ramparts, it was garrisoned by a detachment of the Ceylon Army. With the onset of the Sri Lankan Civil War it came under siege on several occasions and was the scene of pitched battles. From 1986 to 1995 it was under the control of the LTTE and was recaptured by the Sri Lanka Army in 1995 after a 50 day siege during Operation Riviresa. Today it remains garrisoned by a detachment of the Sri Lanka Army with limited access to visitors and is being renovated with Dutch funding. Buildings inside the fort include the Governor's residence, Queen's House, Jaffna, the Garrison Parade Ground, Police quarters and several buildings from the Portuguese era.