The Shrine of Our Lady of Matara, Matara

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  • The Shrine of Our Lady of Matara is an imposing and beautifully peaceful church situated on the Beach Road in Matara and is well worth visiting if you are interested in relgion and tradition in Southe...  more »
  • 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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  • Absolutely breathtaking church situated in the heart of Matara. This church, not big in size, sits by the side of the very famous Matara beach. This shrine is a Roman Catholic church devoted to the Virgin Mary, and houses a statue of the Virgin Mary holding the infant Jesus. Many sources claim this statue is over 400 years old and has been damaged, lost and found more than once.
  • I have personally experienced the miracles of Of our lady of Matara. Thank you Mother Mary.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful church with a long legend attached to its vigin mary's statue.

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