(Last Updated on : 06/02/2016)
Ghodbunder Fort is an ancient hill fortress which is situated in the village of Ghodbunder in Thane
in the Indian state of Maharashtra
. The fort was built in 1730 by the Portuguese who settled in the region of Thane in 1530. It was originally named as Cacabe de Tanna by the Portuguese. The territory and fort remained under the rule of the Portuguese until 1737. The forces of the Maratha Empire
also made several attempts to capture the fortress and the territory during the rule of the Portuguese. But they were unable to break the defence of the Portuguese army and thus failed to seize the structure.
Eventually the Maratha army besieged Ghodbunder Fort and successfully occupied the fortress by defeating the Portuguese forces in the year 1737. Later the forces of the British East India Company
occupied the structure and established their headquarters for the administration of the district.
There is an ancient church in the vicinity of Ghodbunder Fort which was founded by the Portuguese. There are two angels that engraved on the inner walls of the church. Presently the Portuguese church has been transformed into a hotel.
Presently Ghodbunder Fort lies in a ruined state. However the Government of India
has began work to renovate and repair the structure. The site is now open to tourists throughout the year.
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