The Dutch Hospital is considered to be the city’s oldest building and dates back to Dutch domination’s colonial times. Since it was built c. In 1681, there were several purposes for the historic building. It was later used by seafarers and the Colombo Apothecaries as a health center for Dutch East India Company staff until it was eventually converted into a shopping and dining area.
The building features five wings and two large courtyards, all designed to make the humid climate bearable, showcasing the architecture of the 17th century. Visitors can now browse the hospital’s numerous shops or enjoy some sumptuous Sri Lankan or international cuisine in the many restaurants. The Dutch Hospital is a symbol of the mixture of the rapid development of the country and its cultural and historical heritage.
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