Colombo in 1976 - NNW view from rooftop restaurant of the Ceylinco Building

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Andreas Czieborowski on August 8, 2007

February 1976

homepage of Ceylinco Building see here

2007/August: Much thanks to Mr. Isuru Jayakody (Systems Administrator of the Ceylinco Consolidated) for helping to locate the true position of Ceylinco House on the map.

lak on March 5, 2008

now this is a no-photo zone!! check this out

Andreas Czieborowski on March 5, 2008

Dear Lak,

yes, I've known this. Street life isn't same dynamic as before. Sadly nowadays you've a lot of check points, no-go and no-photo areas in Colombo :-(

Greetings from Germany, Andreas

lak on March 6, 2008

yeah that's really sad

designdingo on April 3, 2009

Growing up in Colombo in the 70s, I remember going to this restaurant for very special occasions. We were kids so we were very impressed with the escalator - I believe the only one in the country at that time.

I visited again in '98 and this street was mostly rubble, the Ceylinco Building just a blown out shell. A shame.

Andreas Czieborowski on April 4, 2009

DesignDingo, I think you're right in general. The government seems to spend a lot of money on military and the civil war. On the other hand much new skyscrapers were built in downtown Colombo. At my last visit in 1983 the city began to grow modern and therefore I guess the resources presently are missing for preserving and development of existing buildings. Hopefully this crazy war will end soon. Best wishes, Andreas

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