Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Galle

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Two more passionate travelers from Poland: Jarek and Ewa in front of the Anglican All Saints’ Church:

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Dutch Reformed Church built around 1755:

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Children coming out of school:

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A very elegant mansion, facing the ocean:

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And of course a Buddhist temple:

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the temple’s Bodhi tree, surrounded by rows of sculpted elephants:

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9 Comments

  1. Pamela Roth
    July 24, 2017 at 8:47 am — Reply

    Very interesting. Do you go in the churches and temples etc? I’m missin gyour usual discurse on the symbolism!

    • July 24, 2017 at 9:33 am — Reply

      Pam, at your special request I will prepare a discourse on the symbolism of the Buddhist art. Give me three more days.

  2. Bozena Stoch
    July 24, 2017 at 2:26 pm — Reply

    Cudownie.

  3. Agnieszka
    July 24, 2017 at 3:51 pm — Reply

    W piękne miejsce zaniosła Cię Twoja podróżnicza pasja Asiu:)

    • July 25, 2017 at 2:00 am — Reply

      Dzieki Agnieszko za komentarz, zaraz do Ciebie pisze e-mail, bo musimy sie spotkac.

  4. Christina
    July 26, 2017 at 7:58 pm — Reply

    The ocean views look breathtaking How did the sea smell? Fresh I bet

    Christina

  5. Christina
    July 26, 2017 at 8:00 pm — Reply

    The ocean views look breathtaking How did the sea smell?

    Christina

  6. Angie
    August 2, 2017 at 10:36 am — Reply

    Very interesting. Thanks for the background.

  7. Pulcheria
    August 5, 2017 at 11:06 pm — Reply

    Such beautiful scenery from the single flower to the large group of students depicting beauty that is forever pleasant. Thank you.

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