Vellore Fort, Vellore

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Vellore Fort is situated in the centre of Vellore. It stands proudly opposite to the old bus stand. The Archeological Survey of India runs the Fort and takes care of the maintenance. The Vellore Fort houses a temple called the Sri Jalagandeeswarar Temple, a mosque, a church, the Muthu Mandapam, the renowned Vellore Christian Hospital and the State Government Museum.

The outer walls are constructed with huge granite blocks which are encompassed by a broad moat. The Suryagunta reservoir supplies water into the moat and it is fortified by double walls.

The fort is also home to the Tipu Mahal. The Great Tipu Sultan is said to have lived with his family at the time of the British War. During the British Rule, the Vellore Fort housed many royal prisoners such as the last king of Kandy, Vikrama Rajasinha and family members of Tipu Sultan. The Sepoy Mutiny of 1806 first erupted at the Vellore Fort. The Vellore Fort is a noted tourist attraction and has been a historic building of national significance.

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