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Galle Fort, Galle

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Visit the World Heritage Site of Galle Fort, a historic 16th-century fortress noted for its well preserved walls and Dutch colonial architecture. Jutting out into the sea on the Bay of Galle, the fort was built in 1588 by Portuguese settlers, while the Dutch solidified it and populated its walls from the early 17th century until the British took over. Take a stroll along the narrow streets and alleys of the fortified city, admire the typical Dutch-style buildings, or take a guided tour to learn more about its history. Today, a museum, as well as many charming shops and cafes, can be found in the fort's interior. Plan to visit Galle Fort and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Galle attractions using our Galle vacation trip planner.
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  • Interesting 17th-century fortification, then adapted over the centuries. Plots with guns of the 19th century. Beautiful view, especially at sunset. Great tourist potential to be develop and enhancement
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  • Nice place to walk around. There are nice shops and some restaurants. Beautiful sunset and hustle and bustle.
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  • We were staying in the old town for two nights. The old town is much more quiet than other Sri Lankan towns and we enjoyed it a lot to wander trough the streets with its old buildings and on the walls...  more »