Colombo Fort Clock Tower
Colombo Fort Clock Tower
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,896 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It is not often you find a lighthouse away from the shore. The structure began life as a clock tower in 1857, the wife of a governor being frustrated at the poor quality of timekeeping. The lighthouse beacon was added a decade later. It was the main lighthouse for Colombo for some 100 years until surrounding buildings made it less useful for its new purpose. It is located at the intersection of Chatham Street and Janadhipathi Mawatha, in the Fort area. It is 29m high. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1952.
Written 4 February 2020
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laczkozsu
Debrecen, Hungary2,186 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It’s located in the Colombo Fort district a bit far from the harbor. At first, in 1857 it was a clock tower but the lighthouse beacon was added later. In that time it was the main lighthouse for the city for some 100 years. It is 29m high. It’s a bit srange to me that it stands at a busy intersection.
Written 30 June 2024
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BillyK1980
Melbourne, Australia2,333 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I wouldn’t rush here, but if you stay in the fort area you will see it when you walk y the galle face green which is a pleasant walk
Written 11 January 2020
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mikesierra
Bourne, UK1,987 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
This early 20th century clock tower is located close to the port area and is not particularly inspiring. However, it's worth a quick photo, if you pass it, whilst walking around the city.
Written 3 May 2018
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palawanismyhome
Palawan Island, Philippines24,387 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Solo
The clocktower is an important landmark in the capital and more or less marks kilometer zero, the lace where all roads are measured from. It was built in 1829 and is in a very important area of the city where the naval base and the presidential house is located.
Written 2 April 2018
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747nadia
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa300 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This clock tower is in the port district and walking distance from the port.

On our own city tour by TukTuk we stopped there for photos and had a good look.
Written 20 January 2020
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Daryl P
Southend43 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
It is decommissioned and closed and hemmed in by tower blocks so could never be a lighthouse again, but provides a unique backdrop which you will stumble across as you tour Fort.
Written 19 November 2019
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SMQ1_14
Nha Trang, Vietnam43 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
A lovely looking building, but essentially it's just a tall tower situated in the middle of the road that you can't go up.

Worth seeing? yes. Anything else to see? no.
Written 15 March 2019
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ShvRm_Traveller
Goa, India578 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
Colombo Fort Clock Tower also incorporates a Light House and is also known as Old Colombo Light House. The light from the Light house was used for the purpose of navigation of the ships calling the port at Colombo. Its use was discontinued, since the taller building which came up in the surroundings, blocked the light from the tower.
The tower is located in the middle of the road, very near to the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct. Tower is not of particular significance from the view point of tourism, however, it can be viewed and appreciated if one is visiting the Shopping precinct.
Written 15 December 2018
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Steven Paul
Bengaluru, India651 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
This clock tower is situated in the busiest part of Colombo city, where all the 5 star hotels and the various business houses are and also near the Galle Face beach. It also houses an old light house on the top, which must have been in use before the city developed and all the high rise buildings came up. Maybe earlier they allowed people to climb all the way to the lighthouse, but now it is closed. It is situated at the center of 4 roads and if you are going towards the Fort railway station you will not miss it. The Colombo cooperative super market is also nearby. Nice historical place to take snaps.
Written 3 November 2018
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