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Star Fort

Galle Road, Matara 81000, Sri Lanka
+94 77 604 3599
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well preserved site

worth a visit to the well preserved and maintained historic star fort - there are several items on... read more

Reviewed May 6, 2018
svperera
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London, United Kingdom
Amazing colonial Dutch Fort is in a remarkably preserved condition

This fort was built in the shape of a 6-pointed star by the Dutch in 1765 to protect the main fort... read more

Reviewed February 12, 2018
rohansourjah
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Greater Sydney, Australia
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Galle Road, Matara 81000, Sri Lanka
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+94 77 604 3599
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Reviewed May 6, 2018

worth a visit to the well preserved and maintained historic star fort - there are several items on display in the museum contained within the building as well as availability of clean toilet for use of visitors to the site ;-) worth a visit including...More

1  Thank svperera
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Reviewed February 12, 2018

This fort was built in the shape of a 6-pointed star by the Dutch in 1765 to protect the main fort that lies across the Nilwala River. Not much remains of the main fort, but the small Star Fort is beautifully preserved and maintained, including...More

1  Thank rohansourjah
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Reviewed February 11, 2018

Nice Dutch fort to visit along the way. The crocodiles are replaced by turtles. The guide will show you the exhibitions, which is informative.

Thank KristaTheNetherlands
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Reviewed January 18, 2018

This place is a 'must see' if you are interested in the history of Matara town and its defences. It was constructed by the Dutch in 1765. It was constructed in the fascinating shape of a star and houses 12 canons which were able to...More

1  Thank profjoypc
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Reviewed January 4, 2018 via mobile

One of the smallest and well preserved locations. There are 4 reasons why this was considered as the safest place over Mathara Fort: 1. Moat filled with water and crocodiles 2. Drawbridge that can be pulled up and cover the only access way by three...More

2  Thank LCGR
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Reviewed October 18, 2017 via mobile

If you're in matara city this is one of the place to visit It's very old fortress it's in middle of the city You can go easily by tuk tuk You can learn more history about sri lanka and matara city

Thank Thesixfoottraveler
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Reviewed August 7, 2017

If someone is interested in the history of Matara city as a Colony of the Dutch sometime back, the free-admission museum located in the small yet artistically renovated fort would be a great place. Suggest this place as a starting point to your historic tour...More

1  Thank Chamath F
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Reviewed June 20, 2017

This Star Fort is tiny compared to Galle Fort. We finished walking around the galleries within 30 minutes.

Thank ShishaLady
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Reviewed February 13, 2017

A well hidden secret - and small and well preserved - the guide was most enthusiastic and informative - Look at the mechanism of the draw bridge - wow...

1  Thank RenfordMalcolm
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Reviewed January 25, 2017

A good place for history lovers and archaeology students. A well preserved place with all necessary characteristics of a fort.

Thank Tharaka D
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