Colombo is the island of Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, and is a captivating city since there are many historical landmarks interspersed with a variety of modern buildings and establishments.
Formerly known as Torrington Square, although many still use that name, Independence Square features the striking Independence Commemoration Hall, which was built sometime in 1948. It is massive and is designed to resemble an ancient royal audience hall.
This is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the city, and was built in 1860 as a clock-tower with the lantern being added later. The initial clock was designed and built by the same manufacturer of the clock in Big Ben, but unfortunately the original has since been replaced. The lighthouse is easy to reach and centrally located, and easily reachable from a hotel in Wattala with examples like Pegasus Reef Hotel.
This is definitely one of the best things to see among Colombo’s historical attractions. It was built in 1844 by William Miller and David Sime during the time of British colonisation, and is one of the oldest emporiums on the island.
Colombo Dutch House Museum
This beautiful mansion that was built during the 17th century was home to Count August Van Ranzo from Portugal, and has now been converted into a museum showcasing the era of Dutch occupation.
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