Ancient artefacts in need of conservation
Many ancient archaeological sites in the country are at risk of further damage due to the lack of proper conservation.
One such site is the Dutch Fort at Galle.
One of its attractions has been the clock tower which is considered one of the most beautiful old clock towers in the world. Recently it was struck by lightning.
The Heritage Foundation in Galle which spent around Rs 8.3 million to restoring the tower has added a lightning conductor to the tower.
The clock tower was built in 1883, by Mudliyar Samson de Abrew Rajapakse of Kosgoda, who constructed the 25 m tall clock tower in appreciation of Dr. Pieter Daniel Anthonisz who cured the Mudliyar when he was ill.
Dr Anthonisz is thought to be the first Sri Lankan western-quali- fied medical doctor.
The tower was built from square shaped granite blocks imported from England. The clock bought for 25 sterling pounds was made by Morrison and Sons -a British company.
The Fort -a major tourist attraction- is in need of further restoration work.
Among steps introduced has been a restriction placed on vehicle movement within the Fort area.
The clock tower at the Galle Fort is a major tourist attraction
Dr Anthonisz is thought to be the first Sri Lankan western-qualified medical doctor