Portuguese Passion

March 17, 2014 | Sri Lanka

Like gems hidden in the mines of Ratnapura, Portuguese architecture is around every corner in Sri Lanka. It lays secret behind lush jungles, or shows off on a main street façade.

Akin to traditional handmade lace, the ironwork drops and curls down from the roofs, the stalactites gripping on – barely fighting the humid climate.

When Lorenzo De Almeida arrived to Sri Lanka in 1505 – sent off course after a storm at sea – the Portuguese influence immediately hit this island nation. Forts and townships were created, architectural gems and decoration showing themselves off as a sign of newfound wealth.

Today, you’ll find these historic remnants right here in the village of Talalla – crumbling reminders of a once-mighty empire. They sit strong and proud against the bright Nippolac paint colours, baking in the heat of the day.

Some buildings have been heritage listed, and therefore saved. This house nearby sits resplendent, dignified in it’s legacy. It’s secrets, and history will remain within.

Image courtesy of D. Jones Photography and may not be reproduced without permission.

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