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Tuesday 18 December 2018
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Army refusing permission to tourists to visit the ancient Catholic Church inside Jaffna Fort

Army refusing permission to tourists to visit the ancient Catholic Church inside Jaffna Fort

The Army stationed in Jaffna Fort is refusing permission for tourist to visit the ancient Catholic Church located within the Jaffna Fort.

In a situation where the tourists are allowed to inspect the Fort, the Archaeological Department workers are engaged in renovating the Dutch Fortress.

However as the Army is using the Church as their camp they have made it inaccessible to the public.  They have banned the local people and tourists going near the church. Further they have installed a Buddha statue under a Bo tree found inside.

It is notable that the Army stationed in the Fort are hindering the work of Archaeological department’s renovation work.

This Catholic Church built by Portuguese in 1702 AD, was constructed under the leadership of a Holland Architect called Martyn Lewisham to have the shape of a Greek Cross. The bricks needed for the Walls, Pillars, Doors, and Arches were brought from Holland. It is notable that this Church had been constructed to hold around 600 worshippers.


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