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Danish Fort, Tranquebar

Danish Fort was one of the first structures erected by the Danish after their settlement in Tranquebar. Along with a commercial settlement, this formed the first building blocks of the Danish Colony. It was built by the Danish captain Ove Gjedde. The fort, built almost 400 years ago, has been rebuilt and renovated many times since its construction.

It was the official headquarters of the governor of the territory and other important officials of the establishment for as much as 150 years. The fort still stands and houses a priceless collection of artifacts from that time period, the initial days of European colonialism in India.

The architecture of the fort appears to be an amalgam of various styles, but one can spot out the Danish influence easily, as the structure has not changed so much as to leave its roots.

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