Iconic monument in Matara City
Built in 1879, this market is known as Dutch Market, but we know the structure is from the British period. The Dutch had not really developed their influence beyond the fort.
Located at the main junction, the market is one of the most iconic buildings in town. Shaped like the English letter T, its tiled roof with traditional valance boards is carried by a hundred white round shaped columns making it a true Matara landmark.
A meeting point
No longer a market, it is now used for special events, markets and fairs. Maybe one day it become a focal point again for the heritage town and be used as an al-fresco info point and cafeteria in the middle of Matara town.