Founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese, Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, before the arrival of the British. It is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and South-East Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and South Asian traditions.

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Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications

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Region
Asia and the Pacific
Country
Sri Lanka 
Category
Cultural
Name
Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications
Selection Criteria (?)
(iv)
Year of Registered
1988
Keyword
Fort and Fortress, Old City, Registered in 1988