Today’s News, on the City’s Oldest Street

News Spot, Bankshall Street, Pettah by Son of the Morning Light on

Newspaper kiosk on the corner of Bankshall and 2nd Cross streets, in the Old Colombo area of Pettah. Bankshall Street is the city’s original main thoroughfare and, therefore, its oldest street, the central axis of the Portuguese coastal town of Kolon Tota, established in the early 16th century, the street name derived from the Javanese word for warehouses — bangasalas. Sri Lanka, April 2016.

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