The Galle Fort, also known as the Dutch Fort - best preserved colonial sea fortress and walls surround the Fort area of Galle. Was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese.
What is special about Galle?
The port city of Galle is situated along the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka. A UNESCO World Heritage Site primarily known for Galle Fort was first built in 1588 by the Portuguese and later fortified by Dutch in 1649.
Who built the Fort at Galle Sri Lanka?
The attractions in the precincts of the Galle Fort include Dutch Reformed Church, Old Dutch Hospital, Galle Clock Tower and Galle Lighthouse. The National Maritime Museum, also located at the fort, offers fascinating insights into the country’s maritime history; some of the objects on display are believed to be more than 800 years old! Walking around the city and watching the sunset are some of the top things to experience in Galle.
What is the Galle Fort built of?
Galle has a major attraction for wildlife enthusiasts - the Kanneliya Rainforest Reserve that harbours numerous endemic flora and fauna. In addition, tourists can marvel at and buy antiquities at the Historical Mansion Museum, owned and operated by a local family. The city also hosts an annual international literary festival known as the Galle Literary Festival.
|Built||1584 and 1684|
|Built by||Portuguese and Dutch|
|Materials||Granite Stones and coral|
|Battles/wars||Siege of Galle (1640) Several other battles|