Why is it called Galle Face?
The promenade was initially laid out by the Dutch for a military purpose. They used it as a means to enable their cannons a strategic line of fire against the Portuguese. One version of how the name Galle Face is derived, is that it is from the original Dutch name for the fortifications.
Who built Galle Face?
In 1856 the then Governor of British Ceylon, Sir Henry George Ward (1797–1860) authorised the construction of a 1 mile (1.6 km) promenade along the oceanside of the Galle Face Green, for ladies and children to saunter and ‘take in the air’. The promenade was subsequently completed in 1859.
How big is viharamahadevi?
Viharamahadevi Park, Colombo (Sri Lanka) Situated next to the national museum of Colombo, it is Colombo’s largest public park with an area of 50 acres. It is named after the mother of Sinhalese King Dutugamunu.
Why was Galle built?
The fort, originally built by the Portuguese in the 16th century to defend Galle, was an earthen structure with pallisades covering the northern inland side with a rampart and three bastions. They believed that the seaward side was impregnable and hence did not construct any fortifications on the sea side.
When was Mount Lavinia hotel built?
Legend of Queen Viharamahadevi Queen Viharamahadevi was the legendry heroine in the history of Sri Lanka, mother of King Dutugamunu, Prince Saddhathissa and the Queen consort of King Kawanthissa.