Fort is the central business district of Colombo city in Sri Lanka as well as Sri Lanka’s seat of government. Fort is located between the Colombo Harbour to the north and the murky urban lagoon of Beira Lake to the south. The Portuguese before, the Dutch, and finally the British built the Fort during their conquest of the country in the mid 19th century.
The mid 19th century Clock Tower, was originally a lighthouse and is now a handy landmark for the city centre area.
Other landmarks include the President’s House and Presidential Gardens, a palatial neo-classical building which was originally the home of the British Governors and is now the residence of Sri Lanka’s president.