Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Old Dutch Hospital in Galle Fort of southern Sri Lanka renovated as a shopping complex
Sat, Aug 23, 2014, 08:50 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 23, Colombo: An old historic building within the Galle Fort of southern Sri Lanka has been renovated as an exclusive modern shopping complex while preserving its old Dutch architecture.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will open the shopping complex built in the Old Dutch Hospital in Galle Fort on August 28.

Urban Development Authority (UDA) Senior Consultant Weerasena Adikari said UDA officials who undertook the demanding task of restoring and developing the Galle Dutch Hospital had completed the project, preserving its original architectural aspect.

According to Adikari, the exterior has been changed to make it a unique and sophisticated building within the locality. The internal ambiance blends with modern facilities which have been developed while maintaining its original architectural designs.

The complex will include gems and jewellery shops, tea and spice shops, antiques collectibles shops, a traditional Ayurveda spa and foods and beverage shops.

The UDA is in the process of restoring all historic places in Galle, the official said.

According to Adikari with the success of the redevelopment of the Colombo Dutch Hospital project, the Galle Fort is sure to be a cynosure of old world charm coupled with modern amenities that would draw in both local and foreigners in their numbers. The historic Galle Fort was built by the Portuguese in 1588 and occupied by the Dutch in 1700s and later by the British. The 52-hectare citadel was one of the most important stops along the ancient spice route. Due to its historic significance it has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Galle Dutch Hospital was renovated by the Sri Lanka Army's Engineering Services Regiment, under the instructions of the Project Management Department of the UDA.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Ministerial Committee appointed to resolve Railway workers' issues
-- [9 hours ago]
President opens multi-storey Specialist Centre at Nawaloka Hospital
-- [9 hours ago]
Malaysian Prime Minister to visit Sri Lanka on December 17
Indian Air Force Chief calls on Sri Lanka Prime Minister
Appeal against the acquittal of suspects in TNA MP's murder to be heard on February 16
SriLankan Airlines wins another award at the World Travel Awards World Ceremony
Prime Minister stresses need to promote Sri Lankan products
UNICEF report finds a major disparity in internet access between girls and boys in Sri Lanka
Singer Sri Lanka inks partnership with Pan Asia Bank
Sri Lanka Navy arrest 27 Tamil Nadu fishermen for poaching in Sri Lankan waters

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.