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Colonial buildings in Galle

Things to do in Galle

The Galle Fort, or Dutch Fort as it is also known, is a fortification first built by the Portuguese on the Southwestern coast of Sri Lanka. The initial fortifications, built in 1588, were quite basic. The fort underwent extensive modifications in the 17th century by the Dutch (VOC), making it one of the most important archaeological, architectural, and historical monuments to illustrate the European influence in Southeast Asia between the 16th and 19th centuries. According to a statement by UNESCO the site was recognized as a World Heritage Site for its unique exposition of an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries. The Galle Fort is living history, and not only the structure itself is fascinating, but the inside of the fort, for the most part has remained unchanged.

Colonial Buildings in Sri Lanka

The architecture of Sri Lanka is influenced by colonization by the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the English.

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