Fort Saint George is one of Chennai’s most important cultural and political landmarks, harking back to the colonial times of the British Raj.
Built in the 17th century, Fort Saint George was Colonial Britain’s first bastion in India. It was also the East India Company’s foremost settlement as well up till 1774. Today the vast grounds are home to a fascinating museum, working government offices and more.
Things to See
One of the major highlights here is the Fort Museum which contains 10 well-curated galleries which contain paintings of Queen Victoria, armoury and more from the height of the colonial era. The beautiful St Mary’s Church which dates back to 1678, is one of the first Anglican churches built in India. The main building which is a representation of neoclassical architecture is worth a glance as well.
How to Get There
The impressive fort is a mere 10 – minute drive from the Chennai city centre and surrounding neighbourhoods. It can be easily reached from serviced apartments in Chennai including the likes of Citadines OMR Chennai. Visitors can reach the spot via affordable auto-rickshaws or taxis, alternatively one can also catch a train to Fort Chennai Railway Station as well.
Fort St. George is open daily to the public and a small sum will have to be paid at the entrance of the complex. The museum is open from Thursday to Saturday. While the church is open daily except on Sundays.
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