Clock Tower, Galle

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#3 of 16 in Historic Sites in Galle District
When exploring the fort, stop for a moment to admire the incredible architecture of Clock Tower. The people of Galle paid to build the tower in memory of Doctor Peter Daniel Anthonisz, a prominent local surgeon renowned for his humanitarian work. This landmark overlooks the former guard room, known as the "Moon Bastion," and stands out as a prominent feature of the city's historical fort. Hire a guide to gain an insight into some local stories surrounding the landmark. Put Clock Tower into our Galle holiday planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Galle.
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  • It isn't nothing remarkable, it is next to the entrance to the Fort but you can keep watching her from afar without Miss nothing.
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  • The starting point under which you CNA have started the clock, high and yet somehow belongs to those walls, I very much liked. Here began a tour of the ramparts.
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  • Worth a visit, a historical part of the town, great views up and around the tower especially over the cricket ground. Well maintained area, beware of hawkers selling gifts. Statues have been erected a...  more »
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  • This is the most iconic landmark south of the country, the Galle Fort was built by the Portuguese and then fortified by the Dutch. The Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and now houses restaurants, hotels and pubs. It still remains one of best glimpses of the colonial history of the nation. Take a walk..its worthy.
  • Can see a beautiful view of Galle fort and the town area when you got near to the Clock tower. No wonder why everyone loves this place. Its too ancient and historical. Very attractive place among foreigners and local visitors. Even in weekdays its too crowded with tourists.
  • Nice place to hang out especially in the evenings and early morning. Many historical monuments near by. Could be crowded during weekends.
  • Beautiful sight from everywhere. Its give the grand historic rich look for the Entire fort. The Galle Clock Tower (or Anthonisz Memorial Clock Tower) is located within the Galle Fort in Galle, Sri Lanka. The Clock Tower is a popular landmark and overlooks the central Moon Bastion, on the site of the former guard room. The Clock Tower was constructed in 1883, paid for through public subscriptions by the people of Galle, in recognition of Dr. P. D. Anthonisz. The clock itself was the sole gift of a grateful patient, Mudaliyar Samson de Abrew Rajapakse. The plate on the clock tower carries the inscription: "This tower erected by public subscription to the perpetual memory of Peter Daniel Anthonisz (born in Galle) in testimony of his skill and benevolence in relieving human suffering. MDCCCLXXXIII". Dr Anthonisz (1822-1903) was a renowned Burgher doctor, who served as the Colonial Surgeon for the Southern Province and as a representative on the Legislative Council. The tower is roughly four storeys high and is situated immediately inside the fort ramparts.
  • Easily the most iconic landmark south of the country, the Galle Fort was built by the Portuguese and then fortified by the Dutch. The Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and now houses restaurants, hotels and pubs. It still remains one of best glimpses of the colonial history of the nation.

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