Sewri Fort 1/1 by Tripoto
Photography, history tours
Mumbai was once once the center of islands during the 18th century after which the British people understood the importance of the trade routes here and shifted their business completely from Surat to Mumbai. Seven islands were also given as a part of the dowry when Charlotte of Braganza was married to Charles II of England. During this point of time the major enemies of the British were the Mughals and the Siddis. The Sewri fort just off the Mumbai Port was to defend enemy attacks and is not much of an architectural wonder. The fort was built on a hillock and had strong walls and gates. The main entrance was made of stones and could withstand any attacks. The only remarkable features inside are the pentagonal rooms and corridors and the vaults. It is now a conserved location and is under renovation.
Edwina D'souza
During the 1700′s and the 1800′s era, the British constructed strategically located forts to protect their reign in Mumbai. Very few such forts remain in present times and hence I am determine to explore these forts before they are destroyed due to negligence and lack of maintenance from respective authorities. The Sewri fort was built around 1860 as a watch tower and was also used as a prison for a brief time. Today, the fort is owned by the Maharashtra state department of Archaeology and Museums and ironically (but not surprisingly) the fort is in a neglected and dilapidated state. The ruined monument overlooks the Sewri mudflats and hence serves as a good location to view migratory flamingos that visit these mudflats each year between November and March. Next to the fort, there is also a dargah (muslim place of worship).