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Galle Fort, Galle

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Visit the World Heritage Site of Galle Fort, a historic 16th-century fortress noted for its well preserved walls and Dutch colonial architecture. Jutting out into the sea on the Bay of Galle, the fort was built in 1588 by Portuguese settlers, while the Dutch solidified it and populated its walls from the early 17th century until the British took over. Take a stroll along the narrow streets and alleys of the fortified city, admire the typical Dutch-style buildings, or take a guided tour to learn more about its history. Today, a museum, as well as many charming shops and cafes, can be found in the fort's interior. Use our Galle trip planner to add Galle Fort and other attractions to your Galle vacation plans.
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  • Interesting to see Portuguese and Dutch forts difference. For us more interesting was to learn the history of this place. It makes sense to go there with a good guide! 
    Interesting to see Portuguese and Dutch forts difference. For us more interesting was to learn the history of this place. It makes sense to go there with a good guide!  more »
  • Came here as part of an island tour, this was obviously a very big fort in its day and you can still make out most of the features. Here you can witness ‘crazy divers/jumpers’ who for a few will jump....  more
    Came here as part of an island tour, this was obviously a very big fort in its day and you can still make out most of the features. Here you can witness ‘crazy divers/jumpers’ who for a few will jump....  more »

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