An Enduring legacy of the nation’s majestic past, and currently an oceanic inheritance, the well-known Jaffna Dutch Fort, was the provocation of the Portuguese who built it in 1618. And It was re-structured by Dutch colonizers who attained the Fort in 1680. The old structure, designed similar to a pentagon, is a mark of Dutch-style architecture. The five mainstays were termed, after provinces of the Netherlands-Holland, Zeeland, Gelderland, Friesland and Utrecht.
The interior work of the Jaffna Fort has, with the period, seen buildings such as the military barracks, Dutch Lieutenant Governor’s residence, powder magazines, a Dutch Reformed Church, warehouses, guardrooms, a jail, police quarters and courthouse become mere stone fragments. Yet, the black coral and limestone outer structure still ruin solid. The great rampart overseeing the tunnel system and the ocean are evidence to the talent and readiness to downfall any weapons from outside. The Dutch badge is still noticeable at the entry of the Fort. Inside, there is an amazing contract to sightsee amid the ruined structures, the tower of perchance the Dutch Reformed Church stand-up alone within the fragments of the olden.
The many battlements, such as the dry ditch, ravelling and the moat are typical fort barricades. The drain in the outer bastion is a sequence of five channels, which have been preserved. Astride along the rampart and in the lands is a truly thrilling experience and of course, gives enough time to sightsee and realize the design as well as firmness of the Fort. It is quite dreamy to witness the sunset from the rampart.
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