Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications (1988)
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Sri Lanka 1996. The lighthouse of Galle. The stamp is from a set of four, depicting various lighthouses on Sri Lanka.

Founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese, Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, before the arrival of the British. 

It is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and South-East Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and South Asian traditions. 

  • Sri Lanka 1996. The lighthouse of Galle. The stamp is from a set of four, depicting various lighthouses on Sri Lanka. 

The Fort was built by the Portuguese in 1619 and subsequently expanded and developed by the Dutch and the British, who have both colonized the island. 

The Fort is the heart of Galle's history, and contains the the well-preserved Groote Kerk (Dutch Church), Dutch Government House, the New Oriental Hotel (built in 1684), the old bell tower and a tide-based Sewage-System, also introduced by the Dutch. 

In Galle they still make the Dutch 'pillo-lace' and do fine ebony-carving and gem-polishing.

  • Sri Lanka 2003. Blue Sapphire polished at Galle.

Sri Lanka 2003. Blue Sapphire polished at Galle.

Galle is an excellent bathing resort. It is famous for its lovely Unawatuna Bay, where the sea is reef protected and therefore safe for swimming and snorkeling. 

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Other World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka (on this site). Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Sri Lanka section, for further information on the individual properties. 

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