In the city of Chennai, towards the shores of the Bay of Bengal, you will see the proud monument of Fort St. George, also known as the ‘White Town’. This is the first British establishment in India, constructed by the East India Company as a mercantile centre. The Fort was named after Saint George, and history says the completion of the building fell on St. George’s day itself. It is rare to find a monument of such historic value and super fine architecture in the middle of the busy Chennai city, so the state of Tamilnadu has taken measures to preserve the building well. Now it has become the base for the Indian Army, occupied by the Tamilnadu Legislative assembly. You can get a chance to visit this place while staying at a good business hotel in Chennai, including many options such as Turyaa Chennai.
The two most important sections of the fort are St. Mary’s Church and the Fort Museum. The church is said to be the first Anglican cathedral in India, performing marriage rituals of the dignitaries of British government. The ancient tombstones in the church graveyard are carrying remembrance of the respected British officers. Their relics including armaments, uniforms, and medallions are safely preserved in the museum. Apart from this, there is the Wellesley House and the Flagstaff, which is entirely made of expensive teakwood.
Even though this fort had been initially constructed by the British with a sole intention of carrying out merchandising and trade activities, it has served as a reinforcement building during the French attack and several other invasions. Now it has become more of a proud display for the Indians. After India gained its independence in 1947, the fort had been declared as a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. Taken everything together, this is a must see for any visitor in Chennai, India.
Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world.