A lighthouse was erected at the edge of the Old Town of Galle, a World Heritage Site

Lighthouse standing on edge of old city of Galle
Galle Fort lighthouse
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Jutting out into the Indian Ocean like a peninsula, the Fort district of Galle was once a fortress of European powers. During the Age of Discovery, Portugal first built a fort here, and in 1640 it came under Dutch rule, then in 1796 fell into British hands, and remained a British possession until independence.

Although it is mentioned that in the late 1650s, when the area was Dutch, there was a lantern on a rock 8 to 9 meters above sea level that jutted out into the sea to guide sailors, the first lighthouse was built at the tip of the peninsula in 1848 under British rule. That lighthouse was destroyed by fire in 1936, and the current lighthouse was rebuilt in 1939.

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PHOTO DATA

No

1771

Shooting Date

Mar 2008

Posted On

July 2, 2008

Modified On

May 26, 2022

Place

Galle, Sri Lanka

Genre

Landscape Photography

Camera

CANON EOS 1V

Lens

EF24MM F1.4L USM

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