Dutch Building

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The Dutch Building is one of the major tourist attraction in the Srikakulam district. The building was constructed 300 years ago on the banks of the Nagavali river. It is located near the Collectorate building.

History

The Dutch who had a brief stay in the country has established trading stations in several parts of the state. One of them is the Dutch building in Srikakulam. Some remains of Dutch settlements were present in Bhimili also.

It is unclear as to what purpose the building was used by the Dutch people. Some officials believe that the building may have been used for trading purpose as many Dutch businessmen used to travel to Odisha via the Srikakulam town. It may have been used as a guesthouse as many Dutch officials used to come to Srikakulam from the Kalingapatnam port, which is 20 kms away from here.

Renovation

The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), which is a non-profit organization has formulated proposal to protect and conserve the building. The roof of the building was collapsed long ago, but the walls and other structures of the building remain intact. The restoration of the building was proposed by the INTACH.

In March-April 2012, Rs. 18 lakh was released for the renovation of the monument. District Collector G Venkatram Reddy said that the government was planning to convert the Dutch building into a museum.

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