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Pictures from Galle in Sri Lanka: the Dutch Fort, the Dutch church, and the beach.

Galle Fort in Sri Lanka
Galle Fort in the old town of Galle in Sri Lanka: the main gate and the clock tower. 

Galle is the capital city and the largest town of the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. It lies on the southwestern coast of the country, about 117 km from Colombo.

The Old Town of Galle and its fortifications are a world heritage site (UNESCO). The 36-hectare fort was built on a promontory by the Dutch in 1663. It consists of a fortified wall and three bastions. After the British took over the country in 1796, they preserved the Fort. It is probably the best preserved colonial sea fortress in the whole of Asia.

Beach in Galle, Sri Lanka
Beach in Galle, Sri Lanka: Children playing on a beach at the foot of the Galle ramparts on Sunday.




A Dutch gravestone in the Dutch Reformed Church in the old town of Galle, Sri Lanka.
 
The Dutch Reformed Church of Galle stands in the fort in the old town. It dates back from 1752 (with an original structure from 1640). It is the oldest Protestant church in Sri Lanka.

Other attractions in Galle include the National Maritime Museum, the National Cultural Museum, the Old Dutch Government House, the All Saints Church, and outside the old town, St. Mary's Cathedral, and the Kottawa Conservation Forest (the latter is situated 15 km away from the city).


 

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