Where is Galle Located?
Upon entering the old town of Galle, the visitor feels transported to the 17th century. It is not for nothing that the old town centre of Galles – also known as the Fort – was already included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988: the buildings and walls from the time of the Dutch occupation of Sri Lanka are well preserved. Today, the former colonial city is a fashionable place, in which wealthy tourists from Europe especially like to settle.
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The most important sight is the Fort for which Galle is famous. It is located on a peninsula and is still completely surrounded by strong overgrown walls. From this wall you have a fantastic view over the old town and the surrounding area. Fascinating is the immediate proximity of various buildings in the Fort: Dutch administration buildings, File 146holland and English churches, a Buddhist temple as well as former merchants ‘ houses with wide verandas can be found within the Old Town Walls. The new gate and clock tower were built in the 19th century. It was built in the 17th century by the British.
The other buildings are mostly older and commissioned by Dutch colonial masters, such as the former powder magazine from 1782, the various file 233bastions and the Old Gate. Particularly impressive are the Government House near the old gate and the various places of worship such as the Anglican All Saints Church and the Dutch Goote Kerk. An old colonial house also houses the Historical Mansion, a small private Museum that exhibits a hodgepodge of old jewelry, coins, weapons and household items. In part, finds are to be seen that have been recovered from old shipwrecks.
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