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Dutch Fort in Negombo

Negombo, West Coast, Sri Lanka.
Location : Negombo
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A distinct and striking tourist attraction that unfailingly attracts people from all walks of life, the Old Dutch Fort is a structure that harks back to Sri Lanka’s colonial days when the country was under the rule of the Portuguese and then the Dutch. The Dutch influence is certainly hard to miss in the town of Negombo.
The Portuguese fort that stood here was mostly destroyed by cannon during the Dutch siege in 1644. The Dutch fort was built on its ruins, not on the usual square pattern, but on a pentagonal one, though it had only four bulwarks. The fifth one was never built.
The fort was located on a narrow strip of land between a lagoon and an inlet of the sea. It was surrounded by moats, and the gate was accessed via a drawbridge.
Today only ruins are left. The Fort was demolished in the late nineteenth century by the British, who used its stones to build a prison. The main remnant is an ambivalent mound and part of the eastern wall with the main gate that gives entrance to a tunnel that opens into what was once the courtyard. A clock tower behind it has been added at Queen Victoria’s Jubilee.

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