Galle Dutch Fort, Sri Lanka

The city of Galle plays an important role in Sri Lankan history, specially when considering about the international relationships during the historical times. Many foreign vendors such as Arabs, Chinese and Greeks visited this place for trading. Even the this city was marked in the "Ptolemy's" world map done on 125-150 AD.

Galle Dutch Fort
Dieu et mon droit" , the motto of the British Monarch @ the entrance of the Galle Fort

Nowadays Galle city is famous allover the world due to Gall Dutch Fort statued facing the Indian ocean. This is one of the UNESCO heritage site.

Galle Fort
Main Entrance of the Galle Fort

Although the Galle fort is famous as a Dutch fort, the construction of the fort was started by Portuguese. Actually Galle was considered as the place where Portuguese first arrived to Sri Lanka in 1505. The famous Portuguese invader "Lorenzo de Almeida" was able to make a close connection with the Sri Lankan king Dharmaparakramabahu and got his blessing to built a camp, which was done to ensure the safety of Sri Lanka. But ultimately this place became a prison for the local Sinhalese community who were against the cruel Portuguese rulers.

Galle Fort
Other Entrance of the Galle Fort

Later years Portuguese moved their main administration center to the Colombo. According to the historical recodes they were forced to return back to Galle due the attacks to the Colombo Fort from king Seethawaka Raja Singhe, one of the greatest king in recent Sri Lankan history.

View of the Indian Orcean over the Galle Fort Walls
View of the Indian Orcean over the Galle Fort Walls

In 1640, Srilankan king Rajasinghe (ii) was able to capture the Galle fort with the assistance of Dutch. But ultimately Dutch became a enemy of the Sinhalese and took the control of this place and continue the fort building. They added may administrative and military features and facilities to this fort.

The British army took over the Galle Dutch Fort on 23 February 1796

View of the Indian Orcean over the Galle Fort Walls
View of the Indian Orcean over the Galle Fort Walls

There are two main entrances to the Galle Dutch fort. If you are coming from the Galle harbor side, you will see the two symbols on top of the main gate in both outer and inner walls. The out side wall logo contain the wording "Dieu et mon droit" , the motto of the British Monarch in England. The inside wall contains the dutch VOC symbol, which symbolized the Dutch East India Company

The other main entrance is located in front of the Galle Cricket Ground and now mostly used by the public.

Galle Fort Temple

Galle Fort Temple
Galle Fort Temple

Galle Fort Temple
Galle Fort Temple

Rampart Hotel

Rampart Hotel, Galle Fort
Rampart Hotel, Galle Fort

Galle Fort Mosque

Galle Fort Mosque
Galle Fort Mosque

Galle Fort Light House

Galle Fort Light House
Galle Fort Light House

Old Dutch Hostal, Galle Fort

Old Dutch Hostal, Galle Fort
Old Dutch Hostal (right side)

Police Barracks, Galle Fort

Police Barracks, Galle Fort
Police Barracks

Court Complex, Galle Fort

Court Complex, Galle Fort
Court Complex, Galle Fort

Maritime Museum and Meritime Archaeological Museum , Galle Fort

Galle Fort Maritime Museum
Galle Fort Maritime Museum Entrance

Galle Fort Maritime Archaeological Museum
Galle Fort Maritime Archaeological Museum Entrance

Galle Fort Maritime Archaeological Museum Lobby
Galle Fort Maritime Archaeological Museum Lobby

Galle Fort Library

Galle Fort Library
Galle Fort Library

Anglican Church, Galle Fort

Anglican Church, Galle Fort
Anglican Church, Galle Fort

Anglican Church, Galle Fort
Anglican Church, Galle Fort

Dutch Reformed Church, Galle Fort

Dutch Reformed Church, Galle Fort
Dutch Reformed Church, Galle Fort

Dutch Reformed Church, Galle Fort
Dutch Reformed Church, Galle Fort

Dutch Reformed Church, Galle Fort
Dutch Reformed Church, Galle Fort

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