The Lighthouse, Colombo

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Colombo Lighthouse is a Lighthouse in Colombo in Sri Lanka and it is operated and maintained by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority. It is located at Galbokka Point south of the Port of Colombo on the waterfront along the marine drive, in Colombo fort.
The current 29m lighthouse was built in 1952 after the Old Colombo Lighthouse was deactivated when its light became obscured by nearby buildings as part of the Colombo Harbor Expansion project. It was opened by Rt Hon D.S. Senanayake, the first prime minister of Ceylon. Built on a concrete base which is 12m high, it has four statues of lions at its base.
Due to the panoramic view of the Indian Ocean it offered, it became a 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 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 the National day, which is 4 February each year. It began with HMCyS Vijaya of the Royal Ceylon Navy, the first warship of the navy according a 25-gun salute on 4 February 1951 with its single 4-inch gun.
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  • Beautiful location in Colombo to visit. Previously no one was allowed to this location which was guarded by Sri Lanka Navy. Even now there are sailors guarding this location. Navy have their guns...  more »
  • Worth stopping to see. Views are mainly of the developments taking place around the city. We got a driver to wait for us and then continued with our sightseeing.  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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