Galle is a UNESCO World Heritage city. Aptly so. The fortified city built by Portuguese in 16th century oozes old world charm. Thanks to the Government authorities, the city's architectural heritage is well preserved.
As per entry in Wiki, this is Sri Lanka's oldest light station dating back to 1848, but the original 24.5 metres (80 ft) high lighthouse built by the British was located about 100 metres (330 ft) from the current site, however it was destroyed by fire in 1934. The existing 26.5 metres (87 ft) high light house was erected here in 1939. The light station is within the walls of the ancient Galle Fort. The lighthouse is strategically located at the southern end of the promontory, built approximately 6 metres (20 ft) above the road level on the ramparts, at what is known as the Point Utrecht Bastion, giving it full view of any ships entering the harbour.
The light house makes a pretty sight on a cloudy morning when we shot this picture during December 2013.
Here is the earliest photograph of the lighthouse taken by Fredrick Fiebig in 1852 ( Courtesy British Library)
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