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St. Mary's Church, Negombo

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Dedicated to the Mother of God, St. Mary's Church offers a chance for visitors to see and learn how Christianity endured a turbulent history and persecution in India. During the 18th century, Catholic priests weren't allowed to hold sermons or perform rituals, so they arranged secret meetings in small huts. In one of them, the main priest performed miracles and cured patients by his prayers to the Virgin Mary, which ultimately enabled the community to construct the church nearby in 1863. Today, the neoclassical edifice stands tall with columns and plain walls, attracting both tourists and devotees alike. Examine statues of saints, altars imported from Europe, and the portrayal of Christ's life on the ceiling--the work of a local Buddhist painter. Our Negombo trip itinerary maker makes visiting St. Mary's Church and other Negombo attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • This church is a little small , a little old with the long long history's building. Sometimes local person will celebrate inside with singing. the roof is decorated very beautiful. sometimes u will ha...  more »
  • I have to say I was really surprised that there is such a classical and beautiful church in Negombo since most of the Sri Lanka people are either Hindu or Buddhists. Negombo is really a place which ac...  more »
  • After a few days of passing the temples to the Buddha in the part of the island insiders, this Christian Church as an old friend. Our printed Guide misled us, Dumont because this church is designated as the Cathedral and the other church. Marie is a little bit more to the South in front of the lagoon. You just have to get your bearings in the map of the city.
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  • Quite an impressive church, located on sea street on a big plot of land... I took a peek inside, looks nice!
  • This is a nice and great church on the sea street. There is an authentic ancient Gothic architecture can be witnessed. Even through the church has been renovated recently, its glamour remains same.
  • It is a beautiful church in sea street negombo
  • A good place to visit. Quiet at the time we went and just one of lots of churches in Negombo.
  • A neighbor hood church.