Bangalore Fort

 

Overview

Bangalore Fort is located around the KR Market area in the city of Bangalore.  Tipu Sultan’s Fort  built as  Kempegowda I. Materials Initially built in 1537 in mud but later renovated in 1751 with granite stones a mud fort by Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bengaluru. Later, Hyder Ali, father of Tipu Sultan converted it into a stone fort. It served as the stronghold hold of Tipu Sultan until it fell to the British in 1791 during the third Mysore War. After coming under British  built command hospitals around the fort area. The legacy continued, you can see a large number of hospitals around the fort locality including the Bangalore Medical college, Victoria Hospital, Minto Eye Hospital all are in someway part of Bangalore's was reconstructed into house schools and  roads.
 
One can still see the parts of once a majestic and historical structure. The Delhi gate, the point of entry of British troops during the fall still stands and is a brilliant example of Islamic architecture. It has motifs and other carved decorations on the wooden doors. The door also has spikes which had the purpose of stopping charging elephants to break open the door.Ganapati shrine of Ganapati dates back to the original mud fort Kempe Gowda built in the 16th century. In fact he made two shrines , one for Ganapati  and the other for Hanuman . You will notice that the temple is located along a fort wall, which was actually a gateway. This gateway was later closed by Tipu as part of the improvisations. A gateway at this point gave a straight line access to the interior of the fort. So another wall erected and a 90 degree turn is required to enter the second gateway. In this improvisation the probably had concealed Hanuman shrine.
 
The Ganapati shrine which occupies the prime point of the court is notable for its style. It is style unusual to the region with sloping pyramid like roof and whitewashed plane walls. At first sight it appears more of an old house. Right in front of the temple , on a granite platform is image of a mouse , the mount of Ganapati. The original shrine would have undergone many additions to reach in its present form. You can easily notice arbitrarily placed friezes on the base of the shrine.
The Fort Church, Bangalore, was located within the Bangalore Fort. The church was demolished to make place for the construction of the Vani Vilas Hospital. The Government of Mysore allotted land in Chamrajpet for construction of a new church, and this is now the St. Luke's Church. Early records refer to this church as the Drummer's Chapel, constructed by British soldiers after the fall of Tippu Sultan.The Fort Church, Bangalore was the first protestant church to be raised in Bangalore.
 
Fort Timings: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm 
 
Entry Fees: Rs. 5 (Indian), Rs. 100 (Foreigners)
 
Photography: Free (Still Camera), Rs. 25 (Video)
 
How to Reach,
 
Road: Get down at City Market bus stop and walk to the fort. 
 
Nearest Railway Station: Bangalore City Jn
 
Nearest Airport: Bengalore International Airport
 

Location

Country
India
State
Karnataka
City
Bangalore
Location
Chamrajpet (Bangalore)
Address
Bangalore FortAlbert Victor Road, Chamrajpet, Near Bangalore Medical College, Bengaluru, Karnataka, 560018,
Contact Info
Phone: 080 2670 6836
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Albert Victor Road, Chamrajpet
Nearest Railway Station
Bangalore City Jn (SBC)
Nearest Airport
Bengaluru International Airport
IN
latitude : 13.197899820 longitude :77.706298830
Corporation : Bangalore
GPS Code : VOBL
Open Year
1537
Architect
Kempe Gowda I
Dedicated To
Kempe Gowda I
Visiting Hours
9 am to 6pm

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