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Timings : 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Time Required : February to April

Entry Fee : Free

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Negombo Dutch Fort, Negombo Overview

Negombo Dutch Fort, as the name suggests, is located in Negombo. Initially a Portuguese creation, it was rebuilt by the Dutch after they seized it. Although the fort now lies in ruins, it has played quite a role in the colonial history of the country.

The Dutch Fort is near a lagoon and the Esplanade, a field that witnesses many cricket matches. The famous Negombo fish market lies in its vicinity. After its capture by the British, the fort was almost entirely demolished to build a prison, which continues to be in use today. The remains, namely the clock tower, the rampart and the bastions, exhibit influences of both Dutch and British architecture.

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History Of Negombo Dutch Fort

Negombo Dutch Fort was constructed by the Portuguese after their invasion of Sri Lanka in 1588. The Dutch seized the fort in 1640. The Portuguese again occupied it at the end of the same year. Although the Portuguese further strengthened the fort, it was eventually recaptured by the Dutch in 1644. Since the monument had suffered severe damage during its recapture, it was rebuilt in 1672 according to a unique pentagonal pattern.

In 1796, the British occupied by the fort without opposition; subsequently, they demolished the building. A prison was built from the remains of the destroyed monument. The prison is still used today by the Sri Lankan government.

The Remains Of Negombo Dutch Fort

The clock tower is the sole intact building at the Negombo Dutch Fort, built during the period of British occupation to commemorate the occasion of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. Apart from this, one can also look at the remains of the eastern rampart and the bastions at the northern and southern ends, which are standard features of Dutch architecture. The arched main gateway is halfway between the two bastions; a large slab of granite, on which the year 1678 has been inscribed, lies above the arch.

Negombo Dutch Fort Timings And Entry Fee

The timings at Negombo Dutch Fort are from 8 AM to 8 PM, and it is open on all days. Entry to the fort is entirely free.

Best Time To Visit Negombo Dutch Fort

The best time to visit Negombo Dutch Fort is in the evening, which is perfect for a stroll along with the ruins and capturing a few beautiful photos of them. Occasionally, the place can become crowded by locals waiting to visit the prison inmates.

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