Tharangambadi (formerly Tranquebar) means "place of the singing waves". It was a Danish colony from 1620 to 1845, and in Danish it is still known as Trankebar. The place dates back to 14th century. The Masilamani nathar (Shiva) temple was built in 1306, in a land given by Maravarman Kulasekara Pandyan I. As of now, this temple is the oldest monument. In 1620, when the Danes came, the place was under Thanjavur Nayak kingdom. Danish admiral Ove Gjedde felt the place would be a potential trading centre, made a deal with Raghunatha Nayak and built a fort, which is known as Fort Dansborg. Nevertheless, a Jesuit Catholic church was already in place before that, catering to the Indo-Portuguese community. The Catholic Church was probably demolished to build the fort, which was to become the residence and headquarters of the governor and other officials for about 150 years. It is now a museum hosting a collection of artefacts from the colonial era.
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