Bastions – Galle Heritage


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The Sun Bastion

It is recorded that by about 1620 this defence bastion was very strongly built by the Portuguese. It was named by them as Sao Iago.

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The Moon Bastion

The Portuguese had named this bastion as Conceycao, which meant “the pure conception.” The Dutch originally identified as the Middle Point.

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The Star Bastion

This bastion was named by the Portuguese as Sao Antonio (St. Anthony’s). The Dutch first named it the Zee Punt (Sea Bastion).

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The Zwart Bastion (Black Fort)

The Fortification built by the Portuguese centred round the Black Fort. It is believed that it was so named because this area was

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The Akersloot Bastion

This bastion has been named after the hometown of Commander Wilhelm Jacobs Coster who led the Dutch conquest of Galle Fort.

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The Aurora Bastion

This bastion is named after the Roman God Aurora. It is believed that it was so named because it is the point

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Point Utrecht Bastion

It has been named after the hometown of the first clergyman of the Dutch Reformed Church who arrived in Galle in 1641,

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The Triton Bastion

This bastion is seen on the exploratory map of Galle Fort which was drawn by chief engineer Reimer in 1790.

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The Neptune Bastion

During the Dutch period it had been named Neptune ‘s Bastion. In British period maps it is marked as Neptune Bastion.

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The Clippenburg Bastion

Clippen means jutting into the sea and burg means village. It has obviously been named due to its setting.

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The Flagrock Bastion

In the past it had also been known as Visser’s Hoek and Viaggeklip Bastion. According to J.W. Heide, the Dutch flag had been hoisted here by 1733.

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The Aeolus Bastion

Aeolus means the sea breeze. It is believed that it was so named because the Dutch Naval Commander’s official residence

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The Fishmark Bastion

This is also found in Reimer’s map of Galle Fort (1790). It is believed that it was named Fishmark because fishing craft could be well

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The Commandment Bastion

This is also marked in Reimer’s map of Galle Fort (1790). It is believed that was named due to its close proximity to the Dutch Commander’s

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