Mannar

Mannar is a large town and the main town of Mannar District, Northern Province, Sri Lanka. The town is located on Mannar Island overlooking the Gulf of Mannar and is home to the historic Ketheeswaram temple. Mannar is known for its baobab trees and for its fort, built by the Portuguese in 1560 and taken by the Dutch in 1658 and rebuilt; its ramparts and bastions are intact, though the interior is largely destroyed. Formerly the town was renowned as a center of pearl fishing.

Visually, the modern town is dominated by its Hindu temples, mosques and churches. It was occupied by LTTE during Sri Lankan Civil War between 1983 and 2009.

 

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