Independence Memorial Hall is situated in the Independence square, it’s a national monument of Sri Lanka. This memorial hall was built in remembrance of the independence of Sri Lanka from the British rule. The Independence Memorial Hall was built at the site where the official ceremony that marking the beginning of self-rule in Sri Lanka was took place, with the inaugural of the first parliament by Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester happened at a special stage on February 4, 1948.
The first prime minister of independent Sri Lanka Rt. Hon. Don Stephen Senanayake’s statue is placed at the head of the monument. Most of the National Independence Day celebrations have been held here. The architecture of the building designed by eight prominent architects headed by Tom Neville Wynne-Jones CBE. The design of the building is inspired by the Magul Maduwa (Celebration Hall) of the Kingdom of Kandy the last self-rule native kingdom of the country.
The exterior design of the Independence Memorial Hall is decked with plenty of “Punkalasas,” pots, which indicate wealth and prosperity of the country. There are 60 pillars supported the interior design of the hall which are decorated with famous Embekke wood carvings of the 14th century Gampola kingdom. Independence Memorial Hall is a symbol of Sri Lanka’s long and impressive history.
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