Sri Lanka: Galle
Ayubowan from Galle, Sri Lanka’s fourth largest city, located near the island’s southernmost point. The Galle fort was declared world heritage site by UNESCO. The two beautiful people on the picture are Malgosia and Wojtek, both high school teachers in Warsaw. She teaches Polish language and literature, he teaches history of theatre. Amazing travelers, they have visited more than fifty countries in the world.
The big white building that looks like a Catholic church is a… mosque. Galle and many coastal towns in Sri Lanka have a large Muslim population. Many colonial era mosques, such as this one, resemble Baroque churches far more than traditional Islamic buildings.
This old town built by the Dutch is now called the Fort. The Galle Fort is Sri Lanka’s best preserved colonial architectures, enclosed within a chain of huge bastions which now guard the area from modernization as effectively as they once protected Dutch trading interests.
Typical for Galle are classic Sri lankan villas with inner courtyard, thick walls, large street facing verandas and big overhanging tiled roofs, supported by columns.
Two more passionate travelers from Poland: Jarek and Ewa in front of the Anglican All Saints’ Church:
Dutch Reformed Church built around 1755:
Children coming out of school:
A very elegant mansion, facing the ocean:
And of course a Buddhist temple:
the temple’s Bodhi tree, surrounded by rows of sculpted elephants: