History, Design, and Strategic Placement
Built in the year 1765, the Star Fort is one of the more unique looking colonial fortresses in the entire island, due to its interesting architecture. The fort is designed like a star and was called Redoute Van Eck because it allowed for more strategic positioning of the colonial garrisons so as to maintain a foothold of the city if it was attacked. Although it never saw any action, it did deter future attacks of the Kandyan forces during the 18th century. Today, it serves as a reminder of how important the city of Matara was during the colonial era.
Reimagine a Bygone Era
The present-day Star Fort still possesses the original moat, along with the VOC insignia and the coat of arms that belonged to the governor of the time. There is also a museum that allows you to understand how the city’s landscapes have changed over the years. Moreover, the soldier’s quarters and the prison quarters help you reimagine how the old colonial soldiers used to live during the 18th century right up until 1948, when Sri Lanka was given independence. The cannon stations serve as an idyllic vantage point to observe the city of Matara and its surroundings in the best possible way.