The budding metropolis of Colombo has a rich history which is very much alive and evident in most parts of the city even today. The Dutch Hospital located in the heart of the city and around a number of luxury apartment in Colombo, such as the upcoming Capitol TwinPeaks, is a place shrouded in history and mixed with a good dose of modernity and great vibes.
The Dutch Hospital was said to have been built following the capture of the city by the Dutch. Although the exact date of its construction is unknown, a German by the name of Christopher Schweitzer stated that by 1681 the hospital was already in place. Thus this old building structure has stood the test of time dating back to more than 3 centuries, having survived everything from world wars to civil wars. Therefore the building is known to be the oldest standing structure in the Colombo Fort Area. The hospital was most common with Dutch seafarers who worked under the Dutch East India Company, as the port is located nearby. It has been known that most patients were given a mat to rest on, while the really ill ones were provided with a mattress. According to history, Alleman was the recorded longest serving surgeon at the hospital.
The building structure has 5 wings and 2 courtyards which have been designed to reduce the heat and humidity. As per Dutch colonial architectures, the walls are approximately 50 cm thick and features large teak beams.
The Dutch Hospital was recently transformed to a shopping precinct where visitors can idly shop or enjoy a meal or a refreshing drink at the many restaurants located here. Famous local establishments for shopping include ODEL and Barefoot, and for dining and drinks, establishments like Ministry of Crab and Taphouse by RNR are quite popular amongst those who visit the Old Dutch Hospital.
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