Fort Matara (Matara Fort)
Sri Lanka, Matara town

Fort Matara is considered one of the main attractions of the city of Matara in Sri Lanka. Locals, along with foreign tourists, visit this ancient building in order to imbue the rich cultural traditions of the city. The fort is one of the main historical buildings in the country. It is located outside the city on the seashore. The Dutch built this fort around 1640. The fortress was built in the shape of a star, and the Nilvala river carries its waters next to it. The choice of the form of the fort was not accidental, the fortress in the form of a five-pointed star helped the sailors go to sea under the protection of the bastions. Under British rule, the fort underwent some changes. Previously, the fort was surrounded by a deep moat, dammed by the waters of the Nilval River, not so long ago the moat was restored to its former place. A special attraction of the fort is the old Danish church, decorated with drawings and sayings from the Bible.
Fort Matara houses a museum that displays a variety of historical relics, ranging from ancient frescoes to decorative wooden panels. In order to keep the fort and its treasures in pristine condition had to spend a lot of effort.

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