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Surat Castle

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Type  Fort
Completed  16th century
Location  Chowk Bazaar, Surat
Client  Mughal Empire
Former names  The Old Fort of Surt, Surat Fort
Address  Rang Upvan Rd, Chowk Bazar, Varasa, Surat, Gujarat 395003
Hours  Open today · 10AM–6PMSaturday10AM–6PMSundayClosedMonday10AM–6PMTuesday10AM–6PMWednesday(Rama Navami)10AM–6PMHours might differThursday10AM–6PMFriday10AM–6PMSuggest an edit
Similar  Surat Fort, Sardar Patel Museum, Andrews Library, Pandit Deendayal Upadhya, Dumas Beach

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The Surat Palace is one of the ancient monuments of 16th century existing in the city and bears a significant relevance to its history. However, such a great fortification built to provide the citizens of Surat with an adequate defence against the attacks of the invaders seems to have been forgotten from the minds of the present generation. The Ahmedabad king Sultan Mahmood-III (1538-1554), who was very much annoyed by these frequent destructions of Surat, ordered for building a very strong castle and entrusted the work to Safi Agha, a Turkish soldier who had been ennobled with the title of Khudawand Khan.

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Surat castle


History

Though in context of the identity of Surat in mediaeval times many views have been expressed by different historians, in all the historical narratives Surat has emerged as one of the major port of international importance on the map of the world trade. A Portuguese traveller named Barbosa during his visit to Gujarat in 1514 has described Surat as a city of great trade in all classes of merchandise, a very important seaport yielding a large revenue to the king, and frequented by many ships from Malabar and many other ports.

Shortly before Barbosa was in Gujarat, Surat is said to have been burnt by the Portuguese in 1512. Surat reportedly suffered from a wholly unprovoked, and piratical raid, in 1530, a second time by the Portuguese under the leadership of Antonio da Silvaria. Though the assailants were opposed by a guard of 300 horses and 10000 foot, but at the first charge the defenders fled, and the town was taken and burnt. As they were still at the war with the Gujarat King, the Portuguese again burnt Surat in the next year, 1531. The Ahmedabad king Sultan Mahmood-III (1538-1554), who was very much annoyed by these frequent destructions of Surat, ordered for building a very strong castle and entrusted the work to Safi Agha, a Turkish soldier who had been ennobled with the title of Khudawand Khan. He was provided with substantial budget and was ordered to plan and build a very strong castle. Khudawand Khan initially selected three alternative sites for building the castle.

References

Surat Castle Wikipedia


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