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Fort St. George

St. George Fort is a historic fort located in Chennai (formerly Madras) in Tamil Nadu, India. It was built in 1644 by the British East India Company, making it one of the first English forts in India.

History :

Fort St. Louis was built by the British East India Company. George established it as a trading post and defensive fortress.

The fort played an important role in establishing British influence on the Coromandel coast and in the development of Madras.

Architecture :

The architecture of Fort St. George reflects a mix of English and Indian styles.

The fort has well-preserved structures, including the Fort House, St. Mary's Church, and the Flagstaff.

St. Mary's Church :

St. Mary's Church, located within the fort, is one of the oldest Anglican churches in Asia. It was consecrated in 1680 and has historical significance.

The church houses the oldest British tombstones in India, including that of Governor Elihu Yale, after whom Yale University in the United States is named.

Fort Museum :

The Fort Museum, situated within the fort complex, showcases a collection of artifacts and memorabilia from the colonial period.

Exhibits include weapons, uniforms, coins, paintings, and other items that provide insights into the history of the fort and the British presence in India.

Flagstaff :

The flagstaff at Fort St. George is a prominent landmark. It is the site where the British flag was first hoisted in Chennai.

Fort House :

Fort House, the official residence of the Tamil Nadu Governor, is located within the fort complex.

Government Buildings :

The fort houses various government buildings, including the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly and the Secretariat.

Visiting Fort St. George :

Fort St. George is open to the public, and visitors can explore the fort, museum, and St. Mary's Church.

The fort is a popular tourist attraction and a significant historical site in Chennai.

Location :

Fort St. George is located on the eastern coast of Chennai, near the Chennai Port.

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Fort St. George

Fort St. Louis George stands as a testament to India’s colonial history and the impact of the British East India Company in the region. It is a place where history, architecture and culture meet and attracts tourists and history enthusiasts.

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