Colombo - the largest city of Sri-Lanka, who in the country and in the world generally believe its capital.
The city history dates back two thousand years ago. It was then that the Chinese, Arab, Roman merchants began to visit the city's harbor and turned it into a major trade route. Since the eighth century, in this place we settled Arabs, which began building settlements and controlled the surrounding islands several hundred years. In the sixteenth century the Portuguese arrived here, called the city of Colombo in honor of Christopher Columbus. One hundred years later the Dutch captured the city, and another two hundred - the British. Recently rebuilt the city as the capital of an impressive colony of Ceylon. In 1972, Colombo was the capital of Sri Lanka, but ten years later officially lost its status as the main city of the state, giving the place of Sri Jayewardenepura.
Colombo - a city of contrasts. There are skyscrapers and shopping malls, noisy and busy areas and monuments of ancient architecture, such as churches, mosques, monuments and the narrow tangled streets and local markets. The city combines old colonial past and the modern present. The main attractions are Katiseran Hindu temple, the temple of Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque, Sri Masumariamman Temple, National Museum, parks, large public libraries, a huge number of shopping centers.