Trincomalee, situated on the east coast of Sri Lanka, is one of the island’s most famous tourist destinations. One her most renowned landmarks, is Fort Frederick.
Built from the Original Koneswaram Temple
The initial incarnation of the Koneswaram Temple, was believed to have been built sometime around 377 B.C, and was destroyed by the Portuguese colonists, under the command of Constantino de Sá de Noronha, despite the temple having paid protection fees to the Portuguese.
Construction of Fort Frederick
After the temple was torn down and plunged into the seas, the Portuguese used the remaining temple stones and pillars to build Fort Frederick, to be utilised by them as a centre of power over the area.
Fort Frederick Today
The fortification is currently in the control of the Sri Lankan military, but the great majority of it is accessible to the public. If you’re staying within one of the many Trincomalee hotels in the area, such as Trinco Blu by Cinnamon, then the fort is definitely worth a visit.
Inside and Around the Fort
There are many canons to be explored within the fort, as well as rooms containing vintage ammunition and artillery. There are many beautiful colonial buildings to be seen as well, with the most renowned being Wellesley House, a beautiful Georgian mansion.
Filled with wanderlust that seeks to explore distant shores and captivated by the colors and vibrancy of exotic cultures, Kanya Mae writes on the beautiful, exciting, and enchanting wonders of the world. She is a writer who not only has a passion for travel, but also has a background in fashion, art and media. Google+