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“Great for history of Chennai area & colonial India”
Review of Fort St. George

Fort St. George
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: A testament to the earliest English rule in the country, this was the first fortress in India built in 1644. The fort houses St. Mary’s Church, the oldest Anglican church in the country, a museum and Wellesley House, named after Richard Wellesley, governor general of India. Until recently the fort complex served as housing for the government; now certain areas are open to public.
Reviewed February 7, 2013

If you want to learn about the history of Colonial India & some of the early the history of the Chennai area, this was a surprisingly good place to start. You have to read a lot - but if you are going to learn about something, you will generally need to read. For history buffs, it's great. You can walk right throughout the grounds of the Fort plus visit the museum (100Rs) for a great history lesson - I certainly didn't know the Danish were there in the early 1600's as a major player. An intriguing & interesting day. About a 20-30 walk from Fort Chennai station, or just catch a tuk tuk from Fort station.

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Reviewed February 6, 2013

This museum should have been interesting but was limited and displays very poor. No information available about the British in India or context of the time. Labelling of exhibits poor. Not really worth a visit.

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Reviewed January 27, 2013

The drive along the beachfont, lined with many heritage buildings is of interest in itself, but for anyone interested in the history of Europeans in Southern India, and Chennai in particular, Fort St. George, with its Anglican cathedral and museum, is well worth some time. In addition to the historical information, the collection of uniforms and regimental flags, beautifully designed and embroidered, is fascinating. Be sure to check out the gravestones to the right of the entrance to the cathedral.

Thank Erica M
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

I went to see the museum in Fort St. George. It is an old British structure, well maintained and clean. The furniture and staircases in the museum reflect the grandeur of that era. The antiques displayed in the museum are exceptional. The huge 8-9 feet paintings of the rulers of British era are lifelike, making one aware of the costumes and ornaments used by the people at that time.

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Reviewed January 21, 2013

This can be converted as tourist place, rather than operating assembly from here. Liked the architect of this Fort. Very creative way constructed during those periods

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