Galle Fort · Architecture

The rendezvous of Portuguese, Dutch, and British colonial powers on the shores of Sri Lanka left its mark in the streets of Galle Fort. The massive moss dappled stone ramparts were built to withstand armies and welcomed within the walls a flow of traders, adventurers, merchants and missionaries. They built jetties, mansions, warehouses, courts, churches, mosques and temples and made Galle a colourful melting pot of culturesand religions. Today the iconic historic monuments, beautifully renovated hotels and picturesque, pastel-coloured streets tell the story of that magnificent multi-layered past.

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Seagreen Guesthouse
Friendly B&B overlooking the ramparts
Rampart Street
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Fort Bazaar
Cool elegance in old merchants mansion
26 Church Street
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Amangalla
Fort’s most prestigious hotel
10 Church Street
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Fort Printers
Understated luxury in old printing workshop
39 Pedlar Street
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Fortaleza
Stylish rooms in old spice warehouse
9 Church Cross Street
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Galle Fort Hotel
Classy old world charm
28 Church Street
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Deco on 44
Art deco mansion from the 1930’s
44 Lighthouse Street
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Pedlar’s Inn
Feel good hostel in the heart of Fort
62/B Lighthouse Street
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