Sunday, May 30, 2010

Galle, Sri Lanka

Well, back to the regular posting and for today I'll start with a great lighthouse from Sri Lanka

The Galle Lighthouse is situated within the fortifications of the Galle Fort.  Founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese, Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, before the arrival of the British. It is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and South-East Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and South Asian traditions. And Galle is also a world heritage city, which means this is a new UNESCO added to my collection :D
It is the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers

and to make it complete, the card comes with a matching stamp, showing the Galle lighthouse! It was issued on 26.12. 2005 on the occasion of the first anniversary of the Asian Tsunami.

Thank you Ravindra for the perfect card and stamp!

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