FORTS IN SRI LANKA
 
 
 
Fort is the central business district of the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo. It is the financial district of Colombo and the location of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and the World Trade Centre of Colombo from which the CSE operates. It is also the location of the Bank of Ceylon headquarters. ...
 
 
Galle Fort, in the Bay of Galle on the south east coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, and then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more than 423 years maintains a polished appearance, ...
 
 
Situated on the south side of the Jaffna peninsula at the water’s edge of the lagoon, the ancient fort in Jaffna is the second largest existing fort in the Island. Originally built by the Portuguese in 1619 and re-built and expanded by the Dutch during the second half of the 17th and the 18th centuries to facilitate trading activities of Sri Lanka’s northern region ...
 
 
The old town of Matara (or Mature as it used to be spelled) is located on a land tongue between the ocean and a green lagoon, and is protected on the landside by a 13 meter thick, 5 meter high rampart. On all other sides it is unprotected apart from the natural barrier of the water. The three parallel lanes with one-storied colonial style houses are quiet, because today all the action ...
 
 
Trincomalee is a port city in Eastern Province, Sri Lanka and lies on the east coast of the Island, about 113 miles south of Jaffna. The city is built on a peninsula, which divides the inner and outer harbours. Overlooking the Kottiyar Bay, Trincomalee is one of the main centres of Tamil speaking culture on the Island. The city is home to the famous ancient Koneswaram temple alluded to ...
 
 
Vijithapura also known as Vijitha Nagara or Vijithagama was a fortress–city in ancient Sri Lanka. When Vijaya, the first recorded ruler of the country arrived from India, he brought a retinue of 700 with him. These followers spread throughout the country, and established settlements. One of his chief followers named Vijitha founded the establishment which ...
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