Jaffna Fort Renovation on Course

Priyanka Kurugala in the Daily News, 6 October 2012

The Department of Archaeology will build a museum at the entrance to Jaffna Fort. The work is to be completed before the end of this year, Archaeological Director General Senerath Dissanayake told the Daily News.

“This will help in the study of the history of the Jaffna Fort, while housing monuments that speak of its centuries old past,” he said.  “Around 60 percent of the renovation programme of the Jaffna Fort has been completed by now. A chamber inside a tunnel of the Jaffna Fort that will provide recreation to the visitors will be constructed. The estimated renovation costs for the year is Rs104 million. Out of this amount, Rs 64 million is provided by the Netherlands government. The rest of the funding is provided by the Sri Lankan government,” he said.

    Pics by Nissanka Wijayrathna

Jaffna Fort in the 19th century —Pic courtesy of Ismeth Raheem …. For a clarification of this image and umpteen others from the 19th century, see Michael Roberts, Potency, Power & People in groups, Colombo,Marga Institute, 2011, ISBN 978-955-582-129-2

ALSO SEE Bemita Stambler in  http://thuppahis.com/2012/07/29/free-full-text-ebooks-on-british-ceylon/

And what about the Mannar Fort?

 Pics by Michael Roberts, November 2011

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