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Colombo Lighthouse (New)

Colombo Fort. , Colombo 01, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Location : Colombo 01
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Colombo Lighthouse at Galbokka is operated and maintained by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority. It is located at Galbokka Point, south of the Colombo harbour on the waterfront along the marine drive, in Colombo Fort.
The lighthouse was built in 1952 with a height of 34 meters after the Old Colombo Lighthouse was deactivated when its light became obscured by nearby buildings. The seaward side of the tower is painted in a black and white chequered pattern.
Due to the panoramic view of the Indian Ocean it offered, it became on city landmark. With the escalation of the Sri Lankan Civil War public access to the site was restricted. This was due to its placement in a high security zone as it is across the street from the Naval Headquarters and close proximity of the Port of Colombo.
Located on at its base is a naval gun battery that is used by the Sri Lanka Navy for its traditional gun salutes. By tradition the Navy accords a 25 gun salute to the nation on Independence Day, which is 4 February each year.

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