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Here we are a Portugaise Palace in Galle, a typical colonial architecture.
Galle is a town situated on the southwestern tip of Sri Lanka, 119 km from Colombo (the capital of Sri Lanka). Galle was known as Gimhathiththa (although Ibn Batuta in the 14th century refers to it as Qali) before the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century, when it was the main port on the island. Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, before the arrival of the British, who developed the harbor at Colombo.
On 26 December 2004 the city was devastated by the massive Boxing Day Tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake that occurred a thousand miles away, off the coast of Indonesia. Thousands were killed in the city alone.

Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in south and southeast Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and south Asian traditions. Galle fort is a world heritage site and the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers.
Galle is the main town in the most southerly part of the island, with a population of around 100,000. It is home to a cricket ground, the Galle International Stadium, where test matches are played.

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