Experience A Slice Of History, Right Here In The City, At Fort St George
Calling All History Buffs!
So, back in the 17th century when the East India Company was established by the British to foster trade and economics, the search for a more permanent trading station began. This search led to the land on which the fort stands today. Fort St George was built by the East India Company in order to expand their activities in India. It initially served as a trading post and later went on to serve as the origin of the modern Indian Army. The fort is now sectioned into St Mary’s Church and the Fort Museum, and it serves as one of the Administrative Headquarters for the Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu and also still houses a garrison of troops in transit to various locations in South India. It is now maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.
A Peek Into The Past
All you have to do is pay INR 15 and you’ll be greeted by an impressive marble statue of Lord Cornwallis as you enter. Fort St George is primarily sectioned into two, St. Mary’s Church and the Fort Museum. Don’t miss the tomb stones at the church and also, there’s the 150-foot flagstaff made of teakwood which is unfortunately in ruins at present.
The museum is spread across three floors and has all sorts of antique treasures spread across 10 galleries. You’ll find objects British personnel used back when they lived in the fort. From swords, rifles, pistols, cannon shots, mortars, uniforms of Army officers, medals, official porcelain tableware to portraits, oil paintings, silverware from St Mary’s Church, original letters from the British and a host of other imperial enchantments.
Fort St George is a picturesque place that will make you experience the colonial times of a bygone era. The glass windows, wall frescos, teak plaques and antique structures still shine in all their glory. The architecture of Fort St George is stunning with a huge white façade and tall black pillars. Although there have been ample efforts made to give this historical beauty a modern makeover, it has stood the test of time and still holds the splendour of the yore. Well what can we say? Old is gold, isn’t it? The St Mary’s Church is also popularly known as the ‘Westminster Abbey of the East’, so needless to say, this Anglican beauty is sure to take you back in time!
Unfortunately photography is prohibited inside the museum, so you’ll have to take memories instead of photographs here.