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Perched on the coast close to the island’s southernmost point, the venerable port of Galle, (pronounced Gaul), has grown from ancient origins into Sri Lanka’s fourth largest city. At the heart of modern Galle – but strangely detached from it - lies the old Dutch quarter, known as the Fort – Sri Lanka’s best preserved colonial townscape, it is enclosed with huge walls and bastions which now protect the area from modernization as effectively as they once protected Dutch trading interests from marauding adventurers.

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