Morning on the Ramparts #7
A panoramic view of Galle Bay, with the harbour in the far distance, from the Moon Bastion of the Galle Fort. In the foreground are the northern ramparts, stretching away to the Sun Bastion which overlooks the bay. The Sun and Moon bastions were built in 1667, after the Dutch capture of the Portuguese fort of Santa Cruz and the demolition of the original wooden palisade walls. Set into the ramparts between these two bastions is the New Gate, the main access between the modern city of Galle on the left, and the 16th century town within the fort, on the right. Sri Lanka, September 2016.
For more information on this fascinating piece of our colonial heritage, check out my cover story, Climbing the Walls, in the January 2016 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines.