History Of Galle

Galle Villas Holiday Guides: History Of Galle

Discovering the History Of Galle is a memorable part of our guests holidays. Apart from being a much loved holiday destination where some of the best villas in Sri Lanka lie, Galle is a historic town worthy of discovery with a local history that goes back thousands of years and colonial history that starts from around the 1600’s. In this guide, we’ll give you a brief summary of some historical facts and info about Galle, Sri Lanka. 

A guide to the history of Galle, Sri Lanka

  • World heritage site
  • Dutch Fort
  • Dutch Reformed Church

UNESCO World Heritage site

The Old town of Galle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Old town was once hub of activity when the European colonizers used it as the premier port. The city is one of the best examples of a fortified city constructed by Europeans. Travellers can still see the town as it was when the beautiful headlands of Galle was the first sight of Sri Lanka that  Some of the best villas in Sri Lanka are located within close proximity to the Old town of Galle. Much of the architecture in Galle still bear witness to the blend of European and South Asian traditional design concepts.

Dutch Fort

It was the Portuguese who first built the fort in Galle to resist attacks from Sri Lankan kingdoms. But the Dutch improved the structure by refurbishing the ramparts and the bastions and broadening the moat on the landside. The British who turned up next moved to Colombo, leaving behind much of the Dutch influence. The Dutch fort is a wonderful place to take a stroll. You can breathe in the salty breeze blowing from the Indian Ocean below and gaze at the stunning view. What is left of the Dutch architecture can take you back to a different, long-gone world. Don’t forget to extend your walk towards inner fort area with its paved streets and picturesque tile roofed houses, restaurants and curious cafés.

Dutch Reformed Church

Another legacy of the Dutch, the Dutch reformed church is located near the new entrance to the fort. The church was built in the shape of a cross (cruciform). The building’s Greek style pillars are rather distinctive. Once you go inside the church, checkout the original hexagon pulpit as well as the baptism stool made of wood. These have stood the test of time unlike the original wooden ceiling that was painted blue and studded with golden tinged stars.

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