Sri Lanka is a whole world encased in a tiny island adrift in the Indian Ocean. Tea plantations co-exist with paradise beaches. Ancient temples contrast sprawling urban centres and the wildlife is second to none. If you only have a week or two to spend there you can still cover a lot of ground. Here’s what to do if you find yourself in Sri Lanka this year: 1)Fall for Galle Galle certainly wins the prettiest city award. It’s ancient cobbled streets roll into the sea and the view from the harbour will take your breath away. The architecture is Dutch…
A living museum awarded World Heritage status.
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Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayake assured that there is no longer a risk of UNESCO removing the historic Galle Fort from the list of World Heritage Sites as the government has taken measures to properly implement the UNESCO conditions.
The Minister after an observation tour of the area on Monday told the reporters that the UNESCO had recognized Galle Fort, built by the Portuguese first in 1588 and fortified by the Dutch later, as a live world heritage site considering its ancient architectural and monumental value and has set conditions to maintain the site to keep the designation.
In the past few years the site came under the threat of being removed from the World Heritage Sites list due to the unauthorized constructions violating the UNESCO conditions in the area.
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Galle Fort, a prime tourist destination and a location of historic value -it is also named as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
To anyone who visit the fort, it’s a trip back in time to the colonial days, standing among historic buildings which stand tall with pride and unspeakable beauty.
The Galle Fort is an outstanding example of the type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates a significant stage in human history, says UNESCO.
Given that, why is the Government requesting 15 government institutions functioning inside the Fort to move out?
According to reports published by the Sunday Times newspaper, the process is being carried out without proper consultation.
The newspaper says that the buildings which have been asked to be cleared include;
- All Saints’ College
- Galle Fort Post Office