In the 1500s the Europeans arrived to Sri
Lanka and brought with them their architectural styles. The
Dutch had the greatest influence architecturally, with the greatest
examples from their time being the town of Galle (1663), although most churches
throughout the country are also European-influenced. The
British also made a splash with the Colombo Fort and the Old Parliament
Building (today the Presidential Secretariat).
Since independence, a number of movements have arrived, including the internationally
popular modernism and post-modernism, with a number of modern buildings in the country
today, most notably in the capital city of Colombo. However a greater influence,
a part of a sub-movement called "Topical Modernism", was Geoffrey Bawa.
Bawa dominated the architecture of the country from the 1960s-1980s, including the
Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre (2011) in Colombo.