A stellar example of a fort city made by Europeans in South and Southeast Asia, Galle Fort is a Unesco World Heritage site.
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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
The Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO has taken issue with a Law and Order and Southern Development Ministry directive to certain Government institutions to vacate historic buildings in the Galle Fort which is designated a ‘Living Heritage Fort’ by the UN agency.
The order to give up 15 buildings in the Fort was issued by Law and Order and Southern Devlopment Ministry Secretary Jagath P Wijeweera early last month. But it was done without consulting the Department of Archaeology, the Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO and the Ministry of Education under whose purview these listed sites fall.
Mr Wijeweera’s letter implies that the vacating order was given in keeping with UNESCO guidelines.
It may a faded gem, but Galle Fort is a gem nonetheless.
Sri Lanka looms as the new alternative to Bali, sans the over-development and the undesirables, with the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Galle Fort already one of the island nation’s genuine, if faded, gems. Dating to the early 16th century when the Portuguese established the first fort here, the historically rich Galle Fort is also the place to experience the stylish side of modern-day Sri Lanka with its array of attractive boutique lodgings, fashionable restaurants and stylish bars, and a host of enticing shops.
Take a stroll along Church Street, more or less Galle Fort’s main thoroughfare, for a sense of Galle Fort’s extraordinary 400 years of history spanning British, Dutch and Portuguese colonialism.
This morning we drove to Galle to explore the city including the lighthouse and the Old Town. We also visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Dutch Fort, the largest intact Dutch fort in Asia. Within the ramparts and stonewalls of Galle Fort outstanding buildings remain.
From the ramparts, we could see a river inlet which was where the major tsunami destruction occurred as the area was rather low. The water flowed on the cricket ground which was next to the river. Thousands were killed in the city alone. The cricket ground is known as the Galle International Stadium, which is considered to be one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world. As the ground, which was severely damaged by the tsunami, it was rebuilt and test matches resumed there on 18 December 2007.