For many long decades in the past the island of Sri Lanka was invaded by a number of different countries. They sought the riches and the treasures of this paradise island and left their marks upon this golden soil, as testaments of the struggles and the victories of the past.
The Dutch invaded Sri Lanka back in the year 1658. And they remained in the island until the British invasion which took place in 1796. They influenced the culture, law, traditions as well as the architecture of Sri Lanka in remarkable ways.
The Roman-Dutch law, which was introduced to country by the Dutch invaders, continues to serve as general law of country. The incredible beauty of the many charming Dutch period buildings also serves as reminders of the grandiosity of the past. De Groote Kerk or ‘The Great Church’ is an astounding Dutch heritage building that effortlessly inspires awe. The Old Dutch Hospital in Colombo, Wolvendaal Church in Pettah and St. Lucia’s Cathedral in Kotahena are also Dutch heritage sites still in use. The names of many locals were also inspired by Dutch names like Hendrik, Cornelis and Harmanis. The Dutch shaped and enhanced the culinary sphere of the island in creative ways too. Kokis, which is an incredibly popular sweet meal consumed during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year was introduced to the island by the Dutch.
You can get in touch with Green Holiday Centre if you desire to learn more about the Dutch heritage in the island by embarking on insightful tours.