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#3 of 784 Places To Visit in Chennai
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Rajaji Salai, Fort St. George, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600009, India.
contact
+91-44-25670136
entry fee
5
per person for the museum (Indian citizens)
100
per person for the museum (Foreign citizens)
timings
All days of the week except Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Closed on Friday.

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Fort St. George is a beautiful destination in Chennai. You can take a taxi and get to this place or just take an auto or rickshaw that will take about INR 50 to reach this fort. So travel safely and have a great time in Chennai.

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about fort st. george

Fort St. George is functional since 31st January 1948. Built in 1975, this fort is the first building to be made by the British. It is also said that it is around this fort or building that the whole Chennai city evolved. St. Mary's church which is also the former Anglican church of India is housed inside this fort. Apart from the Church, the fort houses the St. George Fort Museum, a Flag Staff and Wellesley House. The Flag Staff is the tallest in the country with a height of 45.72 m. 

The building is home to ten galleries spread across three floors. You'll be amazed to see approximately 3661 registered antiquities in the collection. As you enter, you'll be greeted by an imposing marble statue of Lord Cornwallis. Also, you'll observe sketching of the stages of construction from 1640 onward in the lobby area. The galleries house arms, uniforms of the British army, church silverware, oil paintings and various porcelains used by the East India Company. At present, the building comes under the Archaeological Survey of India and is considered to be one of the oldest surviving masterpieces within the fort. Also, it has previously served as the landmark for Madras Bank.  


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