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Colombo city is an exciting place especially where the Colombo Fort District is concerned.  The Fort was primarily built by the Portuguese and developed by the Dutch after invading the Portuguese regime.  The Colombo Fort and the Colombo Harbour have a long history.  This was mainly used by Greeks, Egyptians and Arabian merchants until 1506 for their shipping purposes.  The Portuguese took control of the Colombo Harbour and they built the Fort as a defence mechanism from invaders.  The fort they built around the harbour was named Colombo Fort.  

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Independence Commemoration Hall located on Independence Square (formally Torrington Square) in Cinnamon Gardens, is a national monument in Sri Lanka. This was built long after independence was gained from the British rule on February 4, 1948.

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The old Colombo light house was initially establish in 1860 as a clock tower and the lantern was added in 1865 and transformed in to a light house. The original clock (made by the same manufacturer as “Big Ben”) was replaced in 1913.

 

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The Colombo national museum is an Italian architecture colonial type mansion which was founded by the British governor of Ceylon at that time, Sir William Henry Gregory. This treasure house is the Sri Lanka’s most prestigious, oldest and largest museum.

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The Cargills millers building  is one of the oldest departments stores in Sri Lanka, established in 1844 by William Miller and David Sime during British colonial style.

This magnificent colonial style building is located in Fort and a great landmark that no will ever missed to see.

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The colonial mansion from the 17th century, formerly the residence of the Count August Van Ranzo has now been restored as a museum of the Dutch occupation.  The Exhibits, Furniture and Ceramics give you an idea of the life of Colonialists.

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