British Clock in the Dutch Fort
- Clock Tower, Matara
Late 19th Century, the British Government built clock towers at the ramparts of their most important coastal forts, modelled after the world-famous clock tower ‘Big Ben’ at the Thames River. After Colombo and Galle, in 1883 Matara also got a tower, in the middle of the town on the rampart walls. It no longer tells the time but still is a pompous and iconic symbol of Matara.