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HE the President opens 'Economic History Museum' in Sri Lanka

HE the President opens Economic History Museum

"From Antiquity to Rupee"

His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open the Central Point Building and the Economic History Museum (Stage I) at the Central Point Building, Chatham Street today morning (11th November).

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa was also present at the opening ceremony.

The stylish building with its stately Corinthian columns, large window panels, circular glass dome and marble clad interior continues to add lustre and charm to the landscape of Colombo.

The Central Point Building, which is located in front of the clock tower in Janadhipathi Mawatha, Chatham Street, is a historical building which was used as the central point to measure the length of roads from Colombo to other parts of the country. The building was opened in 1914 and same was considered as the tallest building in the city during the period. Since 1973 it was owned by the Cooperative Wholesale Establishment of Sri Lanka (CWE) and afterward acquired by the Central Bank which had been in a highly dilapidated state following to the explosion of massive terrorist bomb.

The Central Bank carried out the restoration work whilst making every effort to preserve its original architectural and archaeological value.

Meanwhile, Governor of the Central Bank, Ajith Nivard Cabraal presented a symbolic Rs. 500 note to the president to mark the CHOGM.

Venerable Maha Sanga, Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage, His Holiness the Mayor of Colombo AJM Muzammil and a large distinguished gathering were present at the event.


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