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[Photo of Galle Fort]

Galle Fort
One of the major features of Galle fort, on the landward side, is the height and extreme thickness of the rampart walls. The centrally-located Moon Bastion has a depth of 400 feet and would have been almost impossible to breach. Deep within this section of the wall is a large rectangular powder magazine. The greatest danger from an attacking force would have been from the use of mortars rather than cannons. These high-trajectory explosive bombs could inflict severe destruction and casualties inside the walls.

Photograph by Robin Walsh © 2002

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