Being one of Sri Lanka's most prominent attractions, the Galle Fort is an extensively fortified Dutch fort located in the Bay of Galle, along the country's south west coast. The fort was first built by the Portuguese in 1588 and later it was fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century, with numerous administrative facilities and military features added. The fort was then captured by the British army in 1796 and remained under the control of the British until Sri Lanka achieved its independence in 1948. At present, the Galle Fort is a historical and archaeological monument in Sri Lanka and is South Asia's best preserved fortified city home to museums, cafes, souvenir stalls and fashion outlets. The fort was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its rich history and architecture and it is also being considered to become a modern wonder of the world.
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The lighthouse and museum
Muslim travellers who require prayer facilities at the Galle Fort may visit the Meera Mosque which is located within the fort. Built in 1904, the mosque is a prominent landmark in the area and is also known as the Galle Fort Mosque or the Jama Al-Khairat Mosque. Other mosques in Galle include Ya Hussain Masjid, Shekh Yusuf Sahib Valiyullah Mosque and the Baddare Mosque.
There are a few Halal restaurants at Galle Fort where Muslim travellers will be able to find Halal food. A couple of popular spots include the Crêpe-ology Restaurant and the Indian Hut which are both located within the fort premises. Finding Halal food in Galle will not be difficult, with international restaurant chains such as Pizza Hut also serving Halal food.