Banners of the Exhibition: Dutch Forts in Sri Lanka

We are pleased to present a collection of banners which were used for an exhibition on Dutch Forts in Sri Lanka.

To view the banners on the general description of the forts please click here.

To view the banners on the Batticaloa fort please click here

To view the banners on the Colombo fort please click here

To view the banners on the Galle fort please click here

To view the banners on the Jaffna fort please click here

To view the banners on the Mannar fort please click here

To view the banners on the Matara fort please click here

To view the banners on the Trincomalee fort please click here

Dutch Forts in Sri Lanka (click here for more information)
The banner exhibition ‘Dutch Forts in Sri Lanka’ has been developed in cooperation with the Department of Archaeology of Sri Lanka, the Galle Heritage Foundation and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Colombo, with the support of the Foundation Netherlands-Sri Lanka, The Hague, and the Foundation Documentation Monuments VOC, Amsterdam. Author and compiler: Lodewijk Wagenaar, Amsterdam.

The official opening of the exhibition by Her Excellency Tanja Gonggrijp, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Sri Lanka will on Tuesday 22 March 2022. The opening venue will be the Jaffna Fort.

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