Historic places in Colombo – Explore the colonial heritage of the commercial capital

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Besides the glamorous skyscrapers and the majestic shopping malls, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka is home to an array of historic sites. With a rich colonial history, Colombo is filled with several edifices with traditional colonial architecture.

Listed below are a few of the main historic locations in Colombo

Colombo Fort

Old Parliament Building, Colombo Fort
James Mason-Hudson, Old Parliament Building, Colombo, CC BY-SA 4.0

Built and developed by the Portuguese and the Dutch respectively the fort has a long and proud history. The Colombo harbor was used by Arabian and Greek merchants before the Portuguese rule. They built a fort around the harbor which is now referred to as the Colombo Fort.

Colombo Lighthouse

The Colombo lighthouse at Colombo Harbour
Dan arndt, Colombo Port Lighthouse, CC BY-SA 4.0

The Colombo clock tower built in 1860 was transformed into a lighthouse in 1865 by adding a lantern. Note that the original clock of the tower was made by the same manufacturer as Big Ben, which was however replaced in 1913.

Independence Commemoration Hall

Independence Commemoration Hall in Sri Lanka
Charaka Ranasinghe, Independence Commemoration Hall, CC BY 2.0

This is a major national monument of Colombo and in Cinnamon Gardens Colombo. As this is the heart of the city it is easily accessible by any Colombo city hotel available for both business and leisure tourists such as Mandarina Colombo

Colombo Dutch House Building

Dutch colonial era hospital in Colombo
Kanatonian, Dutch Hospital, CC BY-SA 3.0

This is a majestic colonial structure built in the 17th Century. This museum has colonial furniture, and architecture. It is currently home to a range of shopping malls and restaurants as well.

Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+

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