Dutch Reformed Church, Galle

3.9
#2 of 14 in Historic Sites in Galle District
Located within a historic fort on a hill overlooking Colombo, Dutch Reformed Church serves as a reminder of the Dutch rule in Ceylon and appeals to anyone interested in Sri Lankan colonial history. Built in 1749, the church features a simple interior with wooden chairs and benches. If you prefer to stay outdoors during your visit, walk through the church cemetery, where you can see many tombstones with well-preserved epitaphs. Make Dutch Reformed Church a centerpiece of your Galle vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Galle itinerary planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The old Dutch Protestant Church is sad and poorly maintained. Time for a restoration.
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  • August 10, 2017
    When you go inside you go directly into a Protestant Church in the Netherlands. Take a look through the paint flaking off! The Church is with money from the Dutch culture Fund. Not to perfection because they wanted the colonial atmosphere though. The tombstones on the floor clearly indicate that the Dutch have a history in Sri Lanka.
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  • August 5, 2017
    Rich in history with historic tombs in the church floor and original architecture. Very nice experience.  more »
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  • May 24, 2017
    Honestly, this place was just too run down and small to make it a worthwhile sight.
  • April 21, 2017
    Historical architectural heritage archeological Halle fort after 434 years stand strong
  • May 15, 2017
    Nice ancient building with great looking...

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A handful of accommodations can be found within the walls of the historic fort at Galle, including upmarket hotels and simple guesthouses, although the relatively few options usually can't cater to the number of visitors to the old town. Unless you reserve your spot well in advance, chances are you'll be looking just north of the fort where, closer to the waterfront, sit a range of upscale boutiques with sea views, and further back, a good number of simpler guesthouses and hotels. Nearby beach towns, and Colombo, remain popular places to stay among visitors just wanting to take a day trip to Galle.
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