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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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  • Not a simple Church has much, a reproduction of a Virgin of Lourdes or something like in a cave. Curious to go to see the contrast with the rest of the country, which is Buddhist or hindu mostly
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  • atypical Church, a touch of kitsch, with statues fluorescent and very bright colors. The place is quiet and very well decorated.
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  • Interesting place, liked that the district is less than the Indians, because in other parts of town they very strongly dominated by and they are not friendly in this place even more unpleasant-unpleasant ....
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  • Great place. Spent a leisurely hour basking in the sun and antiquity.
  • This church has a beautiful and well preserved facade.
  • Majestic structure. Very old and very beautiful.
  • Quite an impressive church, located on sea street on a big plot of land... I took a peek inside, looks nice!
  • Beatiful Catholic church.

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Its proximity to the airport and its coastline mean that Negombo now offers a long list of places to stay. The mix of accommodations in town remains pretty good, with the focus of many lying understandably on the coast. Family-run guesthouses and welcoming homestays provide the best options for those looking for budget-friendly accommodations, with some right on the beachfront, and others just behind on the side streets, nestled among shops and restaurants. Luxury options come in the form of resorts, set both on the beach and on the side of tree-lined boulevards inland.
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