Sections of this vast complex overlooking the Jaffna lagoon have been recently restored, though much work continues. Once one of the greatest Dutch forts in Asia, it was built in 1680 over an earlier Portuguese original, and defensive triangles were added in 1792 to produce the classic Vaubanesque star form.

    Jaffna's fort has been fought over for centuries. Today you're free to explore its walls, admire its gateways and moats, study some exhibits and view the city from its ramparts.