Here are some of the most impressive sea forts around the world.
Murud Janjira Fort in Maharashtra, India
Surrounded by the Arabian Sea, Murud Janjira is one of the strongest sea forts in India. The original structure was built in the 15th century against the threat of pirates and thieves. During the 17th century, an Abyssinian Siddi of Ahmednagar kings captured the island. During his time, the fort collapsed thrice, so Sidde offered his 22-year-old son to god as a sacrifice. Later, the fort encountered several unsuccessful attacks by the Portuguese, the British, and the Marathas. Today, the fort is in a largely intact condition.
Maunsell Sea Forts in the Time Estuary, England
The Maunsell Sea Forts were constructed in 1942 as army and navy forts to help defend the UK during the Second World War. These metal and concrete structures were decommissioned in the 1950s and some of them had to be dismantled. During the 1960s and the 70s, the remaining sea forts served as pirate radio stations. Today, only two of the three forts are still standing: the Redsands Fort and the Shivering Sands Fort. Due to its relatively better condition, the Redsands Fort was chosen over the Shivering Sands Fort to be restored in 2003. Nevertheless, both of the forts are in a decaying situation today.
No Man’s Land Fort, UK
Built between 1867 and 1880, No Man’s Land Fort served as a luxury hotel for wealthy guests. The glass roof over the atrium enables the guests to observe the stars at night. It is also possible to see a panoramic view of the sea through the floor-to-ceiling windows.