Sunday, June 9, 2019

Old Dutch Watch Tower, Narapadu, Mannar

The tower located in Narapadu in Mannar District, Sri Lanka is an old watch tower built by the Dutch.
Old Dutch Watch Tower, Narapadu, Mannar

History
During the period between 1640 – 1796, most of the coastal areas in Sri Lanka were controlled by the Dutch. They built this tower in Mannar island during this period to be used as a watch tower (Asanga & Nishantha, 2018).

Tower
The brick-built tower is about 10 m tall and has been erected on a quadrangle foundation which is about 4.5 m in length and width (Asanga & Nishantha, 2018). The tower is circular in shape and getting smaller as it rises from the bottom to the top. The diameter of the bottom part of the tower is about 4 m (Asanga & Nishantha, 2018)

The tower can be entered through an arched shaped entrance of about 2 m tall and 80 cm wide (Asanga & Nishantha, 2018). A spiral staircase is running upward till more than half of the tower. The upper part of the tower has been made of coral stones (Asanga & Nishantha, 2018).

A protected monument
The Dutch guard post in Narapadu in the Grama Niladhari Division of Narapadu in Mannar Divisional Secretary’s Division is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government Gazette notification published on 16 August 2013.

References
1) Asanga, M. V. G. K.; Nishantha, I. P. S., 2018. Mannarama Distrikkaya (In Sinhala). Department of Archaeology (Sri Lanka). ISBN: 978-955-7457-10-9. pp.72-73.
2) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka: Extraordinary. No: 1823/73. 16 August 2013. p.7A.

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