Notes on the Geography of Sri Lanka: Colombo: Photo 2
The city has a long colonial history, though the oldest layers--especially the Portuguese (from 1507 to 1656) but also the Dutch (from 1656 to 1796)--have been largely obliterated. Here's a bit of the Dutch legacy: a disused canal, part of an early transportation network. The canal links Beira Lake with the harbor.
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