Dutch hospital in Galle
|Dutch hospital in Galle|
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During the 18th Century, a large L-shape hospital was built on the east side of the city of Galle. It was designed with colonnades and verandas on all sides of the building. The Dutch used bricks for the masonry work. This masonry work was clearly pointed in a skilful way. Later, the masonry work was plastered over and white washed. After the Sri Lankan independence, the hospital became the Galle’s Town Hall. Over the years, the space inside the original building was too small for its new function. The verandas, as well as parts of the colonnades, were filled with offices. These changes were harmful to the appearance of the building.
In 2007, the Dutch conservation specialist Harry Boerema carried out historical research and a restoration plan was planned.
Unfortunately, lack of funds has not yet led to the restoration of this building.
Uragoda, C.G. and Paranavitana K.D., ‘The Seventeenth-Century Dutch Hospital in Colombo’ in: Medical History 29 (Colombo, 1985) p. 182-192.
Department of Archaeology Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau
Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority
Centre for International Heritage Activities
Mutual Heritage Centre Sri Lanka
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|Department of Archaeology Sri Lanka|
|Mutual Heritage Centre Sri Lanka|
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