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HISTORIC GALLE

Historic healing after the 2004 Tsunami

HISTORIC GALLE
Galle, Sri Lanka
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BACKGROUND

Seized by the Portuguese from the Sinhala kings in 1587, the historic city of Galle was the most important port in Sri Lanka for centuries. In the 17th century, under Dutch rule, a fort was constructed around the city to protect both the citizens and maritime commercial interests. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Following the survey, the Old Dutch Hospital in Galle emerged as a priority for ICOMOS as a historic structure with great potential for adaptive reuse. Through funding from American Express, WMF and ICOMOS were able to complete a conditions assessment, and begin urgent repairs and conservation work in 2006. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The 2004 tsunami was devastating and brought international attention to the region. While the initial priority was humanitarian relief for the surviving injured and displaced, in time communities began the process of rebuilding. (...)