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“The Jaffna Fort - A Real Insight to Colonial History” 5 of 5 stars
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Jaffna Fort
Jaffna, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #4 of 14 attractions in Jaffna
Type: Historic Sites
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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“The Jaffna Fort - A Real Insight to Colonial History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

The Fort in Jaffna is one of the major attractions in the peninsula.Built by Portuguese & finally housed by the British forces before the Sri Lankan Army . There is a major renovation underway.Of course the weather is very harsh.Never-the less it is a place that talks a lot about the war between Sri Lankan forces & the LTTE.There is a small museum.Well with the conclusion of the construction the place will be a major attraction.

Visited December 2012
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
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English first
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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“Historic Attraction”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

During my recent visit to Jaffna North of Sri Lanka, visited Jaffna Fort which was was heavily bombarded during the recent war and now restoration has begun. Its amazing to see how well work goes on although I never got a chance to see it before the building crumbled. But I'm happy I got the opportunity to go and visit this place.

Visited January 2013
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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“Old Dutch Fort”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

This is closer to the Kytes road and this is an old Dutch fort. During the war time in Jaffna both the Sri Lankan Army and the LTTE terrorists have been using this place. During the height of the fight it is stated that some soldiers were trapped inside the fort for quite some time as the whole place was surrounded by the terrorists. However, I am not aware of what was happening there during the war time as I've never visited the Northern and Eastern areas of Sri Lanka during those dark days. From the signs of the Fort right now it can be stated that this place has been renovated and I do not like the renovations as they have not been done with a view to uphold and preserve the ancient nature of the Dutch fort. I believe that it does not represent an old Dutch fort anylonger due to the renovations. However, the fort is quite good to look at.

Visited November 2012
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“Largest Military Fort in the country”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

The Fort was built by the Portugese in 1618. It was the only large military fort where only government and military buildings were housed within. It has seen many a battles against the LTTE terrorists and most of the buildings within have been raised to the ground.

Upto date about 60% of the restoration work has been completed by the Govt with the aid of the Dutch govt. .

Visited December 2011
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