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Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications
Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications

Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications

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Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
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Founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese, Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, before the arrival of the British. It is the best example of a fortified city built by ... Read more
Europeans in South and South-East Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and South Asian traditions. In 1988 it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Guangzhou, China

A very pleasant walking spot, with cafés, restaurants and museums alongside colonial heritage and natural beauty of the coast.

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Piliyandala

Great place to relax. Beautiful beaches and dutch fort are the highlights. Amazing

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Galle Fort is situated in the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. It was originally constructed by the Portuguese in 1588 and further fortified and strengthened by the Dutch during the 17th century. The fort was unaffected by the 2004 Tsunami which damaged part of the coastal area of Galle town. The best time to visit Galle Fort and the old town is right before sunset where locals gather to watch the sunset or play cricket.

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Singapore, Singapore

Very beautiful waters and artsy area! Loved the scenery and feel of the place

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Sydney, Australia

With its lovely lighthouse, colorful Muslim quarter surrounding an unusual mosque, well-preserved colonial architecture and fantastic ramparts overlooking the crashing waves, the Galle Fort and the Old City inside it are simply wonderful, full stop. It's an amazing place for photography, and there are a number of great guesthouses inside traditional colonial courtyard-homes. A tourist trap, to be sure, but a tourist trap of the highest order.

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

A pleasant and quiet retreat from busy Sri Lanka, the Old Town of Galle is separated from the rest of Gale city by the old Dutch walls. There are some museums here, a lighthouse, and some old architecture. But probably the nicest thing to do is just walk around the streets and watch the sunset every evening from the fortifications.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka

I felt like back in time during the Dutch colonial era .. The place itself has got its unique charm .. !

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Miravet, Spain

There's something of a cultural renaissance going on within the walls of Galle Fort. I still don't know whether it's the scent of a business opportunity post civil war or that visitors have just fallen in love with the place and decided to put down roots - I suspect probably a bit of both. Many of the buildings are being painstakingly restored and turned into boutique hotels and restaurants, some of which are rather good. The place really comes alive during the Galle Literary Festival, which takes place every January, and draws a broad range of authors and poets - from international bestsellers through to more specialist writers. I've never been a huge fan of Dutch colonial architecture - but it's well worth spending half a day exploring the fort. Try to pick up a copy of 'Around the Fort in 80 Lives' by Juliet Coombe & Daisy Perry before you travel - it's a good read about the history of the fort and its occupants, as well as a handy guide to what to see and do there today.

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Renowned Galle Fort, well worth a visit, lovely restaurants and sea views

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Hamburg, Germany

Das historische Galle Fort ist voll von charmanten zerfallenen Straßen und alten Häusern. Das Highlight ist der alte Leuchtturm und die alten Bollwerke an der Küste – ideal für einen Abendspaziergang zum Sonnenuntergang. Im Städtchen selber laden zahlreiche kleine Restaurants zum Verweilen ein.

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