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Jaffna Fort, Jaffna

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Historic Site
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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  • The fort has recently undone restoration. The war and time had the fort a ruin. It is hot in the day so come in the evening. Closes as 6:00.  more »
  • Will not take you too long to view this as not much remains. As you walk in there are a few displays of what this structure used to be. Best thing about this place is the Sun rise or Sunset across the...  more »
  • Jaffna fort reminds everybody of the colonial legacy. A must see for visitors. This is being renovated as of now.  more »
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  • It's a fort with a great history but I think it's not maintained properly inside... The outer view is great to click pictures. It's better to stay in the park in front and enjoy the view of Fort along with the Seaview...
  • Historical place, has to protect for our future generation
  • Historical and beautiful place to take some photos. A beautiful sunset also.
  • Historical and beautiful place to spend time.
  • Jaffna Fort (Sinhalese: යාපනය බලකොටුව; Tamil: யாழ்ப்பாணக் கோட்டை) is a fort built by the Portuguese at Jaffna, Sri Lanka in 1618 under Philip De Olivera following the Portuguese invasion of Jaffna.