Colombo, Sri Lanka’s commercial capital city is an interesting blend of varying influences. It has been a cosmopolitan city for more than 600 years. Its importance as a trading port increased after the arrival of the Portuguese to the island in the early 16th Century. It continued to grow under the Dutch and British, and today shows the marked influence of all those cultures - Islamic mosques, the Catholic, Dutch Reformed and Anglican churches. Colombo is broken into 15 postal code areas also used to identify specific areas.
Fort still is of great interest to shoppers with the many old shops which specialize in Gems & Jewellery, Silks, Batiks, Handicrafts Curios, Antiques, old stamps and excellent leather goods. The Clock Tower cum Lighthouse nearly 100 years old is a very rare and significant sight.