The Shrine of Our Lady of Matara, Matara

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  • We was there in christmas time we were there at Christmas time and our intention was to attend the Christmas fair but we came to the church at the wrong time so we only visited the church, the church ...  more »
  • Strolling around the city, where it's not so many attractions, we went to the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary-The Shrine of Our Lady of Matara which stands overlooking the Indian Ocean. It is said that the Church of the miraculous.
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  • Very interesting, beautiful and unusual Church Council at the beach. Not enough architecture standard-cross and the façade especially liked, memorable. Within many of the statues of the Virgin Mary and Jesus. There is even a courtyard. So remember!
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  • Shrine of Our Lady of Matara is a Roman Catholic church devoted to the Virgin Mary, in the town of Matara, Sri Lanka. The shrine houses a statue of the Virgin Mary holding the infant Jesus. Though the statue's origins are unknown, church officials claim that it is 400 years old.[1] The statue has been damaged, lost and recovered more than once, most recently during the 2004 tsunami in Asia, which damaged the shrine and killed 24 people attending Sunday Mass.[2] The church celebrated its centenary year in 2007. Church legend claims that a large wooden crate was hauled out of the sea by Weligamafishermen. When it was opened, the statue was found inside, untouched by seawater. The fishermen handed it over to the parish priestand the statue was placed in St. Mary's Church in Matara. At a later period[when?], during a choleraepidemic which claimed hundreds of lives, Catholics prayed before the statue to be delivered from the disease. The statue was taken in a solemn procession through the streets of Matara. After a few days, the area was declared safe by the health authorities and there were no further officially reported deaths. Since then the Catholics of Matara have attributed miraculous powers to the statue. In the early 1900s, after over 300 years in the church of Matara, the statue looked faded and worn due to exposure and the thousands of devotees touching and kissing it. Arrangements were made with a sculptor in Ghent, Belgium, to renovate the statue.
  • This is historic place with significant location. The statue of Mother Marry is a miraculous. During tsunami, church was destroyed and many were died. Can visit from capital of Colombo via southern highway during two hours.
  • Historic and miraculous church devoted to Our Lady of Matara located opposite the sea beach. During the Tsunami in 2004 part of this church was destroyed and miraculous statue was disappeared with sea water Few days later it was found without any damage. You can read all the details and view the photos at the church.
  • MATHARA CHURCH IS ONE OF THE MOST RENOWNED CHURCHES IN SRI LANKA
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