Matara Fort

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Matara Fort
Matara Fort
Matara Fort

A fort built by the Dutch in 1645.

The Matara Dutch Fort, built by the Dutch in 1645 and then handed over to the British in 1796, still stands strong and proud at the centre of the town. The ramparts and the gateway have been constructed using limestone, granite and coral. Small modifications have been done so that the Fort seamlessly integrates with the town. Inside the Fort there is much to see, the main structure being the Dutch Reformatory Church, the oldest building within the fortification with a history spanning over 300 years. Inside the church are gravestones with dates running as far back as the 1600s. You can explore the Fort on foot or by vehicle, and view the many buildings that have gone through various stages of renovation. For those who love to explore the country's Dutch Heritage this a place you must visit. 


Venue name: Matara Fort

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