3 Notable Architectures to explore in Sri Lanka
An island country in South Asia, located in the Indian Ocean southwest of the Bay of Bengal and southeast of the Arabian Sea. It is geographically separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait. Sri Lanka's documented history spans 3,000 years, with evidence of prehistoric human settlements dating back at least 125,000 years.
A public library located in the city of Jaffna, it is considered as one of the most important and historical places in Jaffna. In 2001 the library was restored after it was burned in 1981. At that time it was the largest library in Asia containing over 97,000 books. The building's classical lines and beautiful proportions make it stand out architecturally.
Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque, also known as “red masjid,” was constructed in 1909. It is considered as one of the oldest mosques in Sri Lanka. The mosque went through expansion operations to accommodate 12,000 worshipers. The mosque is considered an architectural masterpiece, and it was built in the style of Saracenic, which combines Islamic and Indian architecture.