The Lighthouse, Colombo

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Old Colombo Lighthouse or Colombo Fort Clock Tower is a clock tower and was a lighthouse in Colombo. The lighthouse is no longer operational, but the tower remains and functions as a clock tower. It is located at the junction of Chatham Street and Janadhipathi Mawatha (formerly Queens Road) in Colombo fort.
The tower was constructed as a clock tower in 1856-57 and completed on the 25 February 1857. The tower was designed by Emily Elizabeth Ward, the wife of Governor Sir Henry George Ward (1797 – 1860). The construction was undertaken by the Public Works Department, under the supervision of Mr John Flemming Churchill (Director General of Public Works). The 29m tower was the tallest structure in Colombo at that time. The original clock was commissioned for ₤1,200 in 1814 by the then Governor Sir Robert Brownrigg (1759 – 1833) but was kept in a warehouse, due to economic reasons, until 1857 when it was finally installed.
The lighthouse was deactivated after its light became obscured by nearby buildings and was decommissioned on 12 July 1952. The modern Galle Buck Lighthouse was erected on Marine Drive as its replacement.
The original Colombo lighthouse was located on a bastion on the ocean edge of the fort, was a neo-classical structure, with a 23m wooden light tower rising from a two storey circular brick building and surrounded by an elaborate colonnade. It was erected in 1829 and subsequently demolished with the removal of the fort ramparts between 1869 and 1871.
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  • This is old light house from dutch colonial era, not in use these days and tourist are not allowed to go on top  more »
  • This one is another old building from dutch colonial days . It's not working these days and tourists are not allowed to go on top  more »
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  • The lighthouse is now very far away from the sea due to what seems like a whole new port city being built by the Chinese as part of their world wide silk road projects. Very nice sunset. And chance to chat with other tourists.
  • A historic place with a fading view. It has a peaceful atmostphere. Best time to visit the place would be in the evening. The sunset is really an awesome sight to watch.
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