Friday, February 3, 2017

Gateway of Tranquebar, Tharangampadi, Nagapattinam

Gateway of Tranquebar, Tharangampadi, Nagapattinam
Gateway of Tranquebar is a majestic arch was constructed during Danish rule in 1792. The giant doors are made of teak. The arch is now under the control of Archeological Survey of India. Tranquebar conserves many reminders of its Danish heritage. One of them is this gateway sporting the Danish Royal Seal. This is a structure in Danish Architectural style built in the year 1792.

‘Landporten’, as the Town Gate is called in Danish, is part of the fortifications built around the town of Tranquebar in the 1660’s. In 1791 the original gate, which was in a deteriorated state, was demolished and replaced by a new one designed by the then governor, Peter Anker and executed by the engineer, Mühldorff, in 1792. The flanking guard posts are missing from the original plan. The gate is renovated in 2002 (finished March) by A.S.I.

Tharangampadi is located at about 283 kms (176 miles) from the state capital Chennai and 30 kms from Mayiladuthurai, in Nagapattinam District. Nearest Railway Station is located at Mayiladuthurai & Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

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