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Galle Fort Walks with Shanjei

Galle Fort Walks with Shanjei

Leyn baan Street

The Galle Fort, a world heritage site, first built by the Portuguese in 1588, then fortified by the Dutch in the 17th century, is a treasure trove of history. Today, while most of its cobbled streets are lined with chic fashion boutiques, cafes and art galleries, much of the old fort’s storied history still lurks within its walls. And the best way to discover this past is by taking a walk with Shanjei.

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Dutch Reformed Church

Dutch Reformed Church

Prakhorn Chai

The Galle Fort is home to many historic landmarks, but none more significant than the Groote Kerk or the Dutch Reformed Church. Built in 1752 by the Dutch colonists, this is one of the oldest Protestant churches still in use on the island. ...

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The Martin Wickramasinghe Museum

The Martin Wickramasinghe Museum

Koggala

The name Martin Wickramasinghe is deeply embedded in the hearts of every Sri Lankan. During his lifespan, this prolific Sri Lankan novelist published 14 novels and 104 short stories. These books have since been translated into English, Tamil, Chinese, Russian and other European languages.

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Sitck No Bills Gallery

Sitck No Bills Gallery

Church Street

Over the years, Galle has become somewhat of a haven for artists and creative people, with chic boutiques, trendy cafes and fascinating art galleries popping up within the walls of the old fort complex. The most fascinating of this lot is Stick No Bills, a one-of-a-kind place that displays, sells and celebrates vintage poster art. ...

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The Historical Mansion Museum

The Historical Mansion Museum

Leyn Baan Street

If you think you’ve got a lot of old stuff in your cupboards, then you probably haven’t been to the Historical Mansion Museum. This restored Dutch house on Leyn Baan Street inside the Galle Fort, can best be described as a history hoarder’s paradise.

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