“I always remembered it for its shingled roof,” said a friend who hails from Matara about the Market in Nupe. Yes, the red Sinhala Kandyan period flat tiles –peti-ulu are there in this airy T-shaped building located at Wilmot Balasuriya Mawatha in Matara.
This interesting heritage building of the Nupe Market certainly caught my attention and my imagination soared. Historians claim it was built by the Dutch in 1775, and is one of the oldest Dutch surviving buildings. The British also lay claim to it– so did the British remodel an old building?
Read more on my new website: The Old Nupe Market, Matara