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  • This is Colombo, Sri Lanka

    I just visited Colombo, Sri Lanka for a couple of days for an accident investigation job. Not much time to look around, but at least a got a few pictures from around the hotel and the old fort area.

    As far as I can remember I haven't been there since 1974, so there are a lot of changes, with a new down town grown up to the south of the old tow center and port area, which is still largely unchanged, with a lot of old colonial buildings.

    Unfortunately some of the infrastructure in the port is also vintage, but new development is on the way.

    A brand new Container Port under development on newly reclaimed land, with an extensive breakwater to protect it from the open Indian Ocean:


    A familiar ship is sitting inside the breakwater, waiting to load.
    The STX Rose 1 and some of her cargo can be seen here:

    Also new administration buildings etc. for the planned Container hub port.

    PS> I'm not involved with the STX Rose 1 this time.
    Last edited by ombugge; July 19th, 2013, 11:04.

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    Re: This is Colombo, Sri Lanka

    The old Dinesha Tower is a symbol of Colombo from way back.
    Originally a lighthouse, but now just a clock tower:

    Here is a link:http://dinesha-towers.blogspot.sg/20...ock-tower.html

    It has been replaced by this one at Fort Point:






    Not exactly new this one either:

    Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colombo_Lighthouse

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    • #3
      Re: This is Colombo, Sri Lanka

      A newer "tower" is this Stupa, not far from the Fort:

      Sri Lanka is more than 70% Buddhist, with Christianity and Islam answering for the rest.

      The history of colonization goes back to the 1500s, when the Portuguese set up a trading post here, followed by the Dutch in the late 1600s and 1700s. Finally, the British from 1815 to independence in 1948: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colombo

      Most of the old buildings are obviously from the British time, but the old Dutch Hospital is still standing, now with restaurants and bars as the occupants. (I walked through there, but did not take any pictures)

      This is an impressive old building from the British time:




      Not much, but here is link to pictures of old colonial buildings in Colombo: http://www.greatmirror.com/index.cfm?navid=377
      Last edited by ombugge; July 19th, 2013, 11:53. Reason: Add link

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      • #4
        Re: This is Colombo, Sri Lanka

        The old Parliament Building is also from British time:


        Ceremonial guns at the beach promenade:


        Beach Promenade:


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        • #5
          Re: This is Colombo, Sri Lanka

          Surf is up, but no surfers to be seen:

          Surfing and swimming at this stretch of beach is actually prohibited.









          That's all from Colombo for this time.

          PS> More pictures in the Hotel room thread.
          Last edited by ombugge; July 19th, 2013, 11:55. Reason: PS>

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ombugge View Post
            I just visited Colombo, Sri Lanka for a couple of days for an accident investigation job. Not much time to look around, but at least a got a few pictures from around the hotel and the old fort area..
            Some of the "PORT city" reclamation project are being frozen, I hear

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            • #7
              Excellent place!

              I have been there three or four times in my life and each time gave me so many great memories. This is indeed one of the places I'd die to get back to.
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