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Jaffna Fort

Colonial buildings in Jaffna

The Fort in Jaffna is surrounded by the sea waters.
Originally built by the Portuguese and renovated by the Dutch, this Fort used to house a statue of the virgin Mary. Nowadays you can still see the former Governor’s residence, the Queen’s House, the Garrison Parade Ground, Police quarters and several buildings from the Portuguese inside the walls.

Colonial Buildings in Jaffna

Nowadays Jaffna’s colonial past is still visible in the colonial architecture. The Portuguese established the city as their colonial administrative center in 1621, the Dutch VOC took it over in 1658.

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