The colonial powers in Sri Lanka (Ceylon), namely the Portuguese, Dutch and British, left behind a legacy that filtered into many aspects of the local culture. Beyond influencing culinary treats and sharing certain words, they also constructed aesthetic buildings with a tasteful sense of architecture.
Around the major spice trading ports and, later, the hill country tea estates whole cities were built from scratch - including fortifications, palaces, magnificent trader mansions and places of worship.
Due to the high number of historical landmarks across Sri Lanka, colonial architecture was always held in high regard and preserved – best examples are the Galle Fort, the Dutch Canals in Negombo, the Trincomalee Harbor and Colombo as seat of the various colonial administrations.
Some of them are Sri Lanka UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Many boutique hotels and restaurants continue to preserve the colonial heritage by maintaining the fine period architecture and style, discreetly fitted with modern amenities.
A true testament to the historical style with wide corridors, wooden doors, coastal courtyards and antique furnishings.
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