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St. Mary's Church, Negombo
(4.2/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Magnificent structure with dutch script carved on it. The decorative interior and the peaceful ambience puts you to a trance. The staff within were helpful and pleasant too. 
  • English Mass is Sunday's at 7:30 AM --- Rosary Prayer Starts at 7 : 00 AM ... Mass at this Beautiful Church was a Heavenly experience ... 
  • a large but classic, recent Church, no tourist character special, located near the city center, visit in a few minutes
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  • Beautiful church with beautiful architecture. Must visit this place if you are nearby..
  • Worth a visit. We saw a lovely wedding at the time.
  • good church to visit never miss it in negombo
  • Sacred place
  • I was baptised here.. and been a part of me ever since