The beautiful Old Colombo Dutch Hospital, which is popularly known as simply the Dutch Hospital, is a remarkable site that is well worth visiting in Colombo. It is one of the oldest buildings in the city, dating back to the Dutch era. It is believed that the building was in existence since the year 1681.
As you would have already guessed, this magnificent building originally served as a hospital. It was created to be airy and spacious to offer maximum comfort to the in-house patients. The hospital was created by the Dutch to provide healthcare to the officers serving in the Dutch East India Company. Since the hospital is located close to the harbour, it is believed that Dutch sailors also constantly sought the services of this medical establishment. A large number of patients at the hospital slept on mats during those days. The severely ill patients were given mattresses. Paul Hermann who is known to be the father of botany in Sri Lanka has also served between 1672 and 1679, at the Dutch Hospital.
The beautiful building encapsulates 17th century architecture of the Dutch. The building which has five wings has walls that are 50cm thick, which is a characteristic of Dutch architecture of the era. Back in the day, a canal ran along the hospital, but it was filled by the British after they invaded the island and took over the city.
Throughout the years the building has served a variety of purposes. In the year 2011, the hospital was transformed into a stylish shopping and dining venue. When you travel in the island with Green Holiday Centre, you will be able to visit this remarkable site with immense ease. Be sure to shop around and find unique wares in this enchanting destination! You will find designer clothes, accessories, jewellery as well as an array of restaurants and eateries in the premises.