Walking tour of the fort with a building archaeologistBack
Spend an afternoon discovering the historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument that is the Galle Fort with Researcher and Building Archeologist. First built in 1589 by the Portuguese, and extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century, Galle Fort has a colorful history, and is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site today.
Step back in time with Researcher and a Building Archeologist as he takes you on a memorable afternoon walk around the Galle Fort, among the most immaculately preserved colonial Forts in Sri Lanka, and Asia. With the onset of colonial rule in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka was occupied by several major colonial empires that from time-to-time became the dominant power in the Indian ocean. The colonists built several western style forts, mostly in and round the coast of the island. The first to build colonial forts in Sri Lanka were the Portuguese. These forts were captured and later expanded by the Dutch. The British occupied these Dutch forts during the Napoleonic wars. The walk starts on the Ramparts, which date back to the period of Dutch rule. The walk winds its way through ancient quarry’s and past old dungeons. See a working lighthouse and learn about the Fort’s colorful history. See the fortifying and embellishing work of over a 150 years that remains apparent everywhere, with streets of low-slung colonial villas protected by massive coral bastions and the gentle crash of breaking waves just beyond.
About the Host
Your host is a researcher on fortresses and an archaeologist by profession. He completed his MPhil on “Heritage Buildings in Galle Fort” and is currently studying his PhD in Archeology and Heritage Management. Apart from having researched the Galle Fort for over seven years, he’s also an authority on the island’s Forts and fortifications which date back thousands of years.