University sights in Colombo
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The centrepiece of the district is the 50-acre University of Colombo (also called the University of Ceylon) campus, which originally opened as the Ceylon Medical School in 1870.
Today it contains elegant tree-lined streets and the posh mansions of the wealthy and powerful, as well as the city's biggest park, several sports grounds and a cluster of museums and galleries. But the centrepiece of the Cinnamon Gardens is the 50-acre campus of the University of Colombo, which originally opened as the Ceylon Medical School in 1870.