The Galle Fort UNESCO world heritage site on Sri Lanka's south coast remains the best preserved fortified city built by European colonial powers in Asia. A century after Portuguese established Galle Fort, the Dutch developed Galle fort to its present grandeur.
Narrow streets in Galle Fort are lined with Dutch merchant villas real estate now worth millions converted to boutique hotels with pillared verandas, carved doors wooden windows. British and Dutch period offices are still in use.
Galle is a vibrant, living world heritage city with residents walking the 300 year old ramparts at sunset. Strolling along the high rampart walls you view Old Dutch and English churches, the Governor's house, the massive VOC warehouses, the Square of Law Courts, the elegant pillared facade of the old Dutch hospital, the Portuguese Black Fort, the lighthouse, Clock Tower and more.
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