Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Kandy Old Fountain

Kandy Old Fountain
Kandy Old Fountain is a water spout found in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It has been built by the Coffee Planters of Ceylon to commemorate the visit of Prince of Wales, Edward VII (1841-1910) to Sri Lanka in 1873.

Shortly after the British occupation of Sri Lanka (British Ceylon 1815-1948), coffee became the main plantation in the country (Abeywardana, 2004). At the time Sri Lanka was a largest coffee producer in the world. When the Prince of Wales announced his plan to visit Sri Lanka, the coffee planters of the country erected this fountain to commemorate this event. 

The plaque at the fountain can be read as follows,
"Erected by the Coffee Planters of Ceylon in commemoration of the visit of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales to Kandy, December 1873."

Built in a form of a coffee flower, the fountain is said to be manufactured in a factory in Glasgow. The imported parts were assembled in Kandy and activated for first time during the visit of the prince.

A protected monument
The old fountain located at the junction of Temple street and Deva Veediya in Kandy town in the Gangawata Koralaya Divisional Secretary’s Division is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government Gazette notification published on 8 July 2005.

1) Kandy old fountain by Cossde is licensed under CC BY SA 3.0

1) Abeywardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Kandurata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. pp.48-49.
2) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. No: 1401. 8 July 2005.

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