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. Using our online itinerary creator, Jaffna attractions like Jaffna Fort can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Jaffna Fort is being restored, and the Fort offers a good impression of how big the Fort proper was a very pleasant short break at 1-1 ½ hour ...
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  • This is a must visit place if you are in Jaffna. It’s a huge fort. It’s definitely impressive inside the fort. Situated within the main city.  more »
  • The area is worth seeing as one can walk around and enjoy the surroundings. We did not have a guide so I am certain we missed out on a lot of details. Not certain if guides provided  more »
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