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Fort Immanuel

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November 3, 1992
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Mirza Firuz Shah
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Architectural and Building
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MonBadi al-Zaman Mirza 1506–1507

Fort Immanuel

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Fort Immanuel is the Dutch fortification built on the Kochi mainland adjoining the backwaters and the Arabian Sea. This for was built in the era 1503 AD by the Portugal colonialist who came here to trade with India. This was the first fort built in this region, henceforth the area surrounding it was called Fort Kochi by its local peoples there on. This added the beauty of the Arabian Sea and its backwaters around this fort. It is the place of a large number of foreign tourist-oriented cultures. This fort is located in For Kochi, Cochin, Ernakulum District, Kerala State in India. 


Fort Immanuel Architecture


Fort Immanuel is built with permission from Travancore Maharaja by the Portugal Imperialists. This fortification was mainly built here for their interest in trade and their own security purpose. This is one of the largest forts on the Backwaters of Kerala. This was built with sea rocks, mount clay rocks, and granite stones with limestone paste as its fixers. It has a large thick wall along with the backwaters. On the interior, it had many teak woods and iron bar supports. It also had plain grounds inside the fort. There are many watch towers to view the vessel's movement on the Arabian Sea. There were many large granaries for storage purposes. Many big halls and rooms were built for garrison purposes. It has canons facing sea waters. This fort was totally completed with the Indian laborers and crafts men of that time. European architecture is depicted everywhere on the fort. According to the historical records, it took more than a decade to complete its actual plans.


Fort Immanuel History 


Fort Immanuel was the first trade center for the Kochi region. It had international importance for trading and imperialist procession of this fort for more than five centuries. This was the social and colonial place that existed parallel with the European culture. These places were very scenic that the colonial officials started to settle here from more than three centuries before. This has witnessed much foreign aggression from the French, Dutch's and finally from the British East India Company. This fort was majorly destroyed due to these colonial fights with the Kochi region. This fort was an important instrument in the building of its sea port in the mainland of Cochin. This fort stood as a vigil of the Arabian Sea. It also traded with the Arab and African countries from here. This fort was named after the 'King Immanuel of Portugal' who was a remarkable person to co-join with the Maharajas of Kochi. This fort was the first foundation for the neo-colonial culture in Kerala, which benefited in foreign trades and Europeans cultural impacts on these backwaters. These traders developed it mostly as a tourist destination for the European countries in those days itself. The name 'God's own Country' was given to Kerala by these European colonialists.


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Very good information.

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