Colombo’s splendid Independence Memorial Hall is always an interesting monument to visit. It is situated in the heart of the city in Colombo 7 in the location known as Independence Square; this plaza was in fact formerly known as Torrington Square.
Both local residents and foreign tourists frequent this noteworthy edifice. Since it is in a central location it can be easily reached from many Colombo hotels in and around the city. One such option is Berjaya Hotel Colombo which is ideally positioned by the coast and within relatively easy driving distance from this attraction.
As its name indicates the Independence Memorial Hall was constructed with the objective of commemorating Sri Lanka’s attainment of independence from the colonial ruler Great Britain. However the construction of this iconic monument actually commenced after the dawn of independence which was achieved in the year 1948.
It was felt that the architectural motifs of the renowned Magul Maduwa, or Audience Hall situated in the city of Kandy were an appropriate model for this important monument. You will find that the imposing columns and pillars of the Independence Memorial Hall are ornamented with time-honoured Sri Lankan decorative elements.
Visitors will notice statues of stylized lions, a common element in traditional local decoration, placed surrounding the monument. You will also encounter a statue of the nation’s first premier, D. S. Senanayake placed at the front of the hall.
Visitors should also make it a point to visit the fascinating Independence Memorial Museum which is located within the basement of the handsome Independence Memorial Hall. In this engrossing institution you will encounter many intriguing exhibits.
A special place here goes to the numerous national heroes who contributed to the gaining of independence, with their statues being prominently displayed. Another section of the museum is reserved for war heroes, who sacrificed their lives in the protracted war which took place in the country. A visit to the Independence Memorial Hall will be an interesting experience for the sightseer and culture lover alike.
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