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Rejuvenating Mumtaz Mahal With Tri-Services Hands

News | Nov 11, 2021


The Italian renaissance styled Mumtaz Mahal which is located in Colpetty was designed by renowned architect Homi Billimoria in 1929 and used as the official residence of the Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka since 1948. This mansion was left unoccupied since 2000 when the Speaker was assigned a new residence closer to Parliament in Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte. The dilapidated building was beautifully renovated by the skilful men in uniform preserving its historic architectural value and fine craftsmanship.

The rejuvenated Mumtaz Mahal proudly stands today with its rich craftsmanship and cultural value to enable the establishment of National Defence College Sri Lanka, the highest institution in the island to mould tri-services, police and senior public service officers on policies and strategies of national defence concern.