Independence of Sri Lanka, 1948, Sri Lanka Memorial Hall, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Becktracker
N 06° 54.248 E 079° 52.053
44N E 374886 N 763299
Quick Description: Monument commemorating the independence of Sri Lanka in 1948
Location: Sri Lanka
Date Posted: 2/16/2020 12:10:10 AM
Waymark Code: WM123AQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
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Long Description:
From wikipedia:

Independence Memorial Hall (also known as Independence Commemoration Hall) is a national monument in Sri Lanka built for commemoration of the independence of Sri Lanka from the British rule with the restoration of full governing responsibility[2] to a Ceylonese-elected legislature on February 4, 1948. It is located in Independence Square (formerly Torrington Square) in the Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo. It also houses the Independence Memorial Museum.

The monument was built at the location where the formal ceremony marking the start of self-rule, with the opening of the first parliament by Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester occurred at a special podium February 4, 1948.

Located at the head of the monument is the statue of the first prime minister of the country Rt. Hon. Don Stephen Senanayake "The Father of the Nation". Most of the annual National Independence Day celebrations have been held here. Apart from a monument it served as the ceremonial assembly hall for the Senate of Ceylon and the House of Representatives of Ceylon until the parliament was moved to the new parliament complex. Currently it is the venue for religious events and annual national day celebrations.

The building was designed by a group of eight notable architects led by Tom Neville Wynne-Jones CBE, and included F.H. Billimoria, Shirley de Alwis, Oliver Weerasinghe, Homi Billimoria, Justin Samarasekera and M. B. Morina. The design of the building is based on the Magul Maduwa (Celebration Hall), the Royal audience hall of the Kingdom of Kandy the last native kingdom of the island, where on 5 March 1815 the Kandyan Convention was signed between the British and the Kandyian Chieftains (Radalas) ending the Kingdom of Kandy.
Name of the revolution that the waymark is related to:
Independence of Sri Lanka


Adress of the monument:
Independence Square
Colombo, Sri Lanka


What was the role of this site in revolution?:
The monument was built at the location where the formal ceremony marking the start of self-rule, with the opening of the first parliament by Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester occurred at a special podium February 4, 1948.


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When was this memorial placed?: 1/1/1953

Who placed this monument?: government of Sri Lanka

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