Galle Harbour

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Galle Harbour is a natural harbour, located in Galle, on the south-western coast of Sri Lanka.wikipedia
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Galle

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Galle Harbour is a natural harbour, located in Galle, on the south-western coast of Sri Lanka.
Other prominent landmarks in Galle include the city's natural harbour, the National Maritime Museum, St. Mary's Cathedral founded by Jesuit priests, one of the main Shiva temples on the island, and Amangalla, the historic luxury hotel.

Galle Fort

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After the construction of Galle Fort in the 17th century, Galle Port was a major port in the Indian Ocean for more than 200 years, which was an important anchorage for boats and ships traveling between Europe and Asia.
Galle’s earliest historical existence is traced to Ptolemy’s world map of 125–150 AD when it was a busy port, trading with Greece, Arab countries, China and others.

Attack on Galle Harbour

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was a suicide attack carried out by 15 Sea Tigers of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on the commercial Galle Harbour and Sri Lanka Navy base SLNS Dakshina in the tourist town of Galle in southern Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Ports Authority

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Founded in 1979, SLPA currently operates ports in Colombo, Galle, Hambantota, Kankesanthurai, Oluvil, Point Pedro and Trincomalee.

Harbor

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Galle Harbour is a natural harbour, located in Galle, on the south-western coast of Sri Lanka.

Yacht

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It is also the only Sri Lankan port that provides facilities for pleasure yachts.

Colombo

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By the 14th century, Galle Harbour was the most important harbour in Sri Lanka, and retained its importance until 1873 when an artificial harbour was built in Colombo.

Indian Ocean

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After the construction of Galle Fort in the 17th century, Galle Port was a major port in the Indian Ocean for more than 200 years, which was an important anchorage for boats and ships traveling between Europe and Asia.

Europe

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After the construction of Galle Fort in the 17th century, Galle Port was a major port in the Indian Ocean for more than 200 years, which was an important anchorage for boats and ships traveling between Europe and Asia.

Asia

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After the construction of Galle Fort in the 17th century, Galle Port was a major port in the Indian Ocean for more than 200 years, which was an important anchorage for boats and ships traveling between Europe and Asia.

Port of Colombo

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When the British colonial government constructed breakwaters in Colombo Harbour in the late 19th century, much international marine traffic shifted to Colombo from Galle.

2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami

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Some of the facilities provided at Galle Port were damaged during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Siege of Galle (1640)

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Old Dutch Hospital, Galle

Old Dutch Hospital
The hospital's close proximity to the harbour allowed it to serve Dutch seafarers.

National Maritime Museum (Galle)

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When the new gateway (the main or northern gate) was built by the British in 1873, piercing the main rampart between the Sun and Moon Bastions, the importance of the old gate was reduced, although it continued to be used as the main entrance to the harbour and port of Galle.

Closenberg Hotel

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It is situated on the southern side of Galle Harbour.

Lighthouse Hotel

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The hotel is situated in Galle, the capital of the Southern Province of Sri Lanka and is located on a rocky promontory 1.61 km to the north of Galle Harbour, on a site once occupied by a Circuit Magistrates' bungalow.

Peter Daniel Anthonisz

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Anthonisz argued that the fort provided protection from monsoon tidal floods and ships at anchor in the harbour – a fact later proven with the 2004 tsunami.

Galle Lighthouse

The lighthouse is strategically located at the southern end of the promontory, built approximately 6 m above the road level on the ramparts, at what is known as the Point Utrecht Bastion, giving it full view of any ships entering Galle Harbour.