Welcome to Galle
The magnificent Dutch Fort of Galle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the site of the present fort back in 1588 the Portuguese first built a modest fort using palm trees and mud. Later the Dutch fortified it extensively when they took over in 1640. The fort is now regarded as the best preserved colonial fort in South and South-East Asia. Among the historic landmarks are the Dutch Reformed Church with its 300 year old belfry, the National Maritime Museum which was initially a warehouse where spices and ship equipment were stored over 400 years back, the 200 year old Clock Tower, the 1939 Lighthouse as well as the reputedly oldest breadfruit tree in the island.