Galle Fort

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Galle Fort is in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. It was initially built by Portuguese which was planned in 1524, but delayed until, 1584 and completed in 1588 as a small fort out of palm trees and mud. They called it the Santa Cruz, which was located in the area known as Black Fort today. The Dutch captured the Galle Fort in 1640 and developed extensively fortified from 1649 onwards and completed in 1684. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, standing as the strongest and best-preserved fortress in the entire South and South East Asia even after 434 years of wear and tear. The Galle Fort covers an area of 52 hectares (130 acres) with 3 km of ramparts around it which became an archaeological reserve in 1971 in the county and UNESCO world heritage site in 1988.

  • The Rampart of Galle Fort
  • The Galle Clock Tower
  • The Star Bastion
  • The Aeolus Bastion
  • Clippenberg Bastion
  • The Neptune Bastion
  • Sri Sudharmalaya Buddhist Temple
  • Triton Bastion
  • Flag Rock Bastion
  • The Meeran Mosque
  • Galle Lighthouse
  • Dutch Hospital & Ambalama
  • National Maritime Museum and Dutch Warehouse.
  • The All Saint’s Church
  • Governor’s Bungalow
  • Dutch Pay Office and Library
  • Dutch Reformed Church
  • The Galle National Museum
  • Galle Black Fort
  • The Sun Bastion