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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  • This famous old Dutch fort is in a state of ruin. Most of the structures are damaged. Now the Army is here. You can visit to say you visited.  more »
  • Worth to go and see. Sad that this place was intact before the civil war. The fort was bombed by Sri Lankan and Indian forces.  more »
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