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The Ralajastulla Bridge [Katugastota Bridge] over the great river Wahawaliganja [Mahaweli Ganga], rebuilt by the British on the old original piles of stone supports [Ceylon]

The Ralajastulla Bridge [Katugastota Bridge] over the great river Wahawaliganja [Mahaweli Ganga], rebuilt by the British on the old original piles of stone supports [Ceylon]

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 234/(2)

Item number: 2342

Length: 21.6

Width: 27.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

An albumen print of a view taken sometime between 1870 and 1890 by an unknown photographer in Sri Lanka, looking along the Mahaweli Ganga towards the Katugastota Bridge, which linked the roads from Kurunegala and Matale with Kandy. Work on the bridge of iron-lattice construction with three 120 ft spans began in September 1858, and it opened for traffic in March 1860. It was strengthened with intermediate piers in 1905. The view is taken from just above the Alutgamtota Ferry, looking along the Dumbara Valley towards Hunasgiriya Peak in the background. A lithograph from an original drawing by Captain Charles O'Brien, made in about 1859, shows an almost identical view.

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