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4 must-visit colonial attractions in Sri Lanka - Entrancing Sightseeing Highlights

The beautiful city of Galle is renowned for its many engrossing colonial attractions. Visitors will find a host of interesting sights and experiences in the city of Galle, such as those listed below.


The Dutch Fort

The splendid Dutch Fort is unquestionably one of Galle's most significant attractions. Visitors will find that taking a stroll along the ramparts of the Fort is an enjoyable and invigorating activity, particularly in the early hours of the morning. Similarly, agreeable would be to walk around the charmingly quaint narrow streets within the Fort which is sure to capture the imagination of the visitor. You will have the opportunity to admire the many colonial-era buildings which feature distinctive architecture. As you might expect you will find numerous restaurants, cafes, shops and museums within the Fort. Staying at a Galle hotel which is located close to the centre, like Le Grand Galle will be beneficial. The Dutch Fort is recognized as Asia's biggest existing fortress to have been constructed by Europeans.


Dutch Reformed Church

This impressive church is sure to strike the interest of the culture and history lover. It was originally constructed by a military officer during the Dutch colonial period, with its construction having been concluded by the year 1754. You will see that the church takes the shape of a cross featuring impressive Doric columns. Visitors will notice that the walls and floor of this place of worship are partly composed of the tombstones of numerous European colonialists who died whilst on the island. Visitors will be enthralled by the handsome wooden pulpit and distinctive baptismal stand. Another feature of interest is the beautiful window featuring stained glass.


Galle Lighthouse

The well-known Galle Lighthouse is a popular sightseeing attraction that is frequented by many curious visitors. This lighthouse stands no less than 18 m in height and was constructed in the year 1939. Interestingly this lighthouse was constructed by the British colonialists who by this time had taken the place of the Dutch. If you obtain the permission of the keeper of the lighthouse you will have the opportunity to climb up to the upper level of the lighthouse. From this lofty vantage point, you will be able to enjoy spectacular panoramic views over the surrounding areas.


Historical Mansion Museum

The appealing Historical Mansion Museum is sure to capture the interest of the history and culture lover. Although this is, in fact, a private museum you will find that it can be entered without any charge. This establishment is well-known for its extensive collection of memorabilia relating to the British colonial period. You will find a myriad of engrossing artefacts here, including guns, maps and other interesting exhibits. Visitors will also have the opportunity to observe various local craft activities in progress here, including exhibitions of the art of lace making.


Mosques and Temples

Since Sri Lanka is a multi-religious nation it is not surprising that you will find the places of worship of various faiths within the city of Galle. Another popular shrine is the Meeran Jumma Masjid mosque which can be found in the Fort's Arab Quarter. You will see that the exterior of this mosque is similar in appearance to that of a church, differing only in the fact that there are crescents atop the domes rather than crosses. Although this place of worship dates from the 18th century it has been refurbished in more recent times.

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