Colombo Fort, Sri Lanka

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Colombo Fort
Colombo Fort seen from Galle Face Green, with the Old Parliament Building in the foreground and the Bank of Ceylon Tower (left) and twin towers of the World Trade Center seen in the background.

Strictly speaking the administrative center of Sri Lanka is Śrī Jayawardanapura, and Colombo is merely the commercial center. Many Sri Lankans, when asked what the capital of the country is you may still say Colombo.

The city is small by any standard. The Colombo's population is less than two million, and it takes just forty minutes from one end of the city to another. That too in the rush hour. Yet Colombo is home to some of the tallest buildings in South Asia.

The city is made up of 15 small towns, each of them being unique. One such town Maradana is perhaps the most densly populated areas within the whole country. In stark contrast the Fort area is almost completely devoid of houses or apartments

Many of the high rises in the country are concentrated in near Fort, which gets its name from being a British fortress in the 19th Century. The Beira Lake in fort was once a marshland, flooded during the British rule to provide greater security for the garrison. Many of the street names in Colombo date back to the British period with almost every governor having a street named after him.

It was the British rulers who first made Colombo the Capital of Sri Lanka in the 19th Century. The administrative center was shifted to Śrī Jayawardanapura in 1985. Śrī Jayawardanapura, is part of the the District Of Colombo and is just outside the Colombo city limits.
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