Top Historical Monuments and Landmarks in Colombo

Colombo is full of historically important monuments and is perhaps the best place to witness history unfold. The wonderful monuments and the rich history attached with the destination make Colombo one of Top Historical Destinations in the world. Colombo is a very historically important place and thus sees a lot of tourists every year. Whenever you are planning to visit a historical monument in Colombo or a place of historical significance, it is always good to know a little information about the place, its opening and closing times, the ideal duration of visit and the need of tour guide to visit the historical monuments of Colombo. Explore the historical monuments of Colombo with a guided tour or opt for in-depth information of its historical account, this Colombo guide is your go-to option for free. Move to things to do in Colombo page for the complete list of attractions and activities.

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Let's witness the history of Colombo with these top historical monuments and landmarks:

  1. Independence Square

    #1 of 13 Historical Places in Colombo
    Independence Square

    Tags: Walking Area, Statue, Leisure, Square

    Address: 7 Independence Ave Colombo 00700 Sri Lanka

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Walking down Independence Avenue, you'll see a statue looming up before you. It is Hon. D. S. Senanayaka, father of the Nation, the first Prime Minister of Independent Ceylon, welcoming you to the squ...Read more

  2. Independence Memorial Hall

    #2 of 13 Historical Places in Colombo
    Independence Memorial Hall

    Tags: Memorial, Hall

    Address: 7 Independence Ave Colombo 00700 Sri Lanka

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Rising in the heart of the Independence Square, this memorial hall serves as an open pavilion of sorts. Built to commemorate the  independence of Sri Lanka from the British rule, the hall where r...Read more

  3. Old Parliament Building

    #3 of 13 Historical Places in Colombo
    Old Parliament Building

    Tags: Architecture , Heritage Building

    Address: Old Parliament Building, Lotus Road, Colombo Sri Lanka

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    It could be ironic, that this, one of the most visited tourist attractions in the city, is not open to the public. But considering that people are well satisfied with merely taking photographs of its ...Read more

  4. St. Lucia's Cathedral

    #4 of 13 Historical Places in Colombo
    St. Lucia's Cathedral

    Tags: Religious Site, Cathedral

    Address: St Lucia's St Colombo 01300 Sri Lanka

    Timings: 05:30 am - 07:00 pm Details

    There used to be a chapel here during Dutch occupation of the island. On its place, there is now a lovely new-Baroque and neo-Renaissance structure, and one of the biggest churches in the country. Its...Read more

  5. St Andrews Presbyterian Church

    #5 of 13 Historical Places in Colombo
    St Andrews Presbyterian Church

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Cathedral

    Address: 73 A2, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka

    Timings: 09:15 am - 10:30 pm Details

    This church may be the only real remaining evidence that once upon a time, Ceylon had a significant Scottish presence. They were tea-planters longing for home, and though they built this church, they ...Read more

  6. Borella General Cemetery

    #6 of 13 Historical Places in Colombo
    Borella General Cemetery

    Tags: Cemetery

    Address: Borella General Cemetery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Timings: 07:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    This graveyard, over 170 years old, is the most significant burial place in the city for several reasons. First, as resting places go, it is utterly beautiful, with flowering plants, and pathways shad...Read more

  7. St Pauls Church

    #7 of 13 Historical Places in Colombo
    St Pauls Church

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Cathedral

    Address: St. Paul's Church, Galle Main Rd Colombo Sri Lanka

    This Anglican church is one of the oldest in Sri Lanka. It was originally a Roman Catholic and Portuguese church, and reputed to have miraculous power. The architecture is reminiscent of a Greek Basil...Read more

  8. The National Museum Of Colombo

    #8 of 13 Historical Places in Colombo
    The National Museum Of Colombo

    Tags: Art And Culture, Religious Site, Museum, View Point

    Address: Albert Crescent, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Under the soothing shade of magnificent Banyan trees stands Sri Lanka’s premier cultural institution- the Colombo national museum. To greet you on your ingress is a Buddha carved in stone which ...Read more

  9. Old Dutch Hospital

    #9 of 13 Historical Places in Colombo
    Old Dutch Hospital

    Tags: Historical Site, Entertainment, Tourist Center, Architecture

    Address: Street Bank of Ceylon Mawatha, Col 1

    Timings: 09:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

    As the name suggests, a former hospital of the Dutch, this colonial era complex is now rejuvenated to become a city centre of Colombo. Centrepiece of the newly vibrant Fort, this construction dates ba...Read more

  10. Dutch Period Museum

    #10 of 13 Historical Places in Colombo
    Dutch Period Museum

    Tags: Museum, View Point, Historical Site, Tourist Center

    Address: Prince Street, Colombo 11

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    This unique museum was originally the 17th-century residence of the Dutch governor and has since been used as a Catholic seminary, a military hospital, a police station and a post office. The mansion ...Read more

  11. Fort

    #11 of 13 Historical Places in Colombo
    Fort

    Tags: Landmark, View Point, Entertainment, Tourist Center

    Address: Lake Road, Colombo

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    During the European era Fort was indeed a fort, surrounded by the sea on two sides and a moat on the landward sides. Today it’s a curious mix of brash modern structures, such as the World Trade ...Read more

  12. Old City Hall

    #12 of 13 Historical Places in Colombo
    Old City Hall

    Tags: Tourist Center, Architecture , Heritage Building

    Address: Street Main St, Col 11

    Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    An ecstatic structure of the past but now a semi-ruined building is what the old city hall is like. Built almost 150 years ago, this was a signature construction of the British era and is now mostly e...Read more

  13. Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall

    #13 of 13 Historical Places in Colombo
    Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall

    Tags: Memorial, Tourist Center, Convention Center, Exhibition

    Address: Thimbirigasyaya, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall is a convention center located in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Built between 1970 and 1973 the convention center was a gift from the People's Republic of...Read more

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