An­cient arte­facts in need of con­ser­va­tion

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - Story and pix by Gamini Ma­hadura.

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

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