History of the Fort

In 1640 the Dutch entering the fray, joined hands with King Rajasinhe II to capture the Galle Fort. The Dutch, with a force of some 2,500 men under Koster, captured the fort from the Portuguese in 1640 itself. Although not an ideal situation for the Sinhalese, they were instrumental in building the fort as seen in its present form in the Dutch architectural style. Fortifications continued to be built until the early 18th century. The establishment built consisted of public administration buildings, warehouses, business houses and residential quarters. A Protestant church (planned by Abraham Anthonisz) was also built in baroque style in 1775 to cater to the colonists and the local people who were converted to Christianity. The most prominent buildings in the fort complex were the Commandant's residence, the arsenal and the gun house. Other buildings erected in the fort catered to trade and defense requirements such as workshops for forgings, carpentry, smithy, rope making and so forth. They also built an elaborate system of sewers that were flooded at high tide, taking the sewage away to sea.


Set amidst the historic splendor of Galle Fort, is the gracious and welcoming Dutch architectural style edifice of Prince of Galle. A Dutch Stable built in the 1718 and converted into a Hotel in 2016. Built with brass, copper, various kinds of wood, marble, brick, limestone, Prince of Galle is beautifully restored, retaining every feature of the original structure.

The property is owned by the Jobsz family, a family that dates back to the time when the Dutch anchored in Ceylon in the 16th century. The stable was refurbished, and used as their residence 15 years ago.

The front desk is open and staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Daily housekeeping is included in the room rate. Private ensuite bathroom in each room with no minimum stay.