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 is a good place to enjoy sunset. this place is very hot during the day time. but after like 4 pm this place is a remarkable place to enjoy sunset. you have to climb to top of the wall and go towa...  more »
  • The fortress is very large. The walls are still reasonably intact but the buildings are all broken. With the help of the Netherlands one wants to restore the church again.
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