Posted on: 7 February 2010

BANGALORE FORT was originally built by Kempe Gowda a feudatory of the Vijaynagar Empire and the founder of Bangalore as a mud fort . It was converted into a stone fort by Haider Ali in 1761.It was a stronghold of Tipu Sultan that was captured by army of the British East India Company led by Lord Cornwallis on 21 March 1791 during the 3rd Mysore War 1791-1792.Only the Delhi gate of the fort presently exists on Krishnarajendra Road bearing a marble plaque recording the spot where a breach in the fort wall delivered Bangalore Fort to the British.There also exists a wooden palace of Tipu sultan, and his armoury in the old fort area. The Kote Venkatramanna Temple was built by a Wodeyar ruler in 1600 and its flagstaff was damaged by cannon balls fired by the British during the Mysore Wars.

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