St. Mary's Church, Negombo

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. Using our international travel planner, Negombo attractions like St. Mary's Church can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Very peascefull and holy place. You can say a prayer take photos around. Joyful vibe.enjoyed every moment there  more »
  • Giant building sheltering you from the burning sun both in and outside. I found the building impressive. For a moment of prayer or reflection the interior give a quit atmosphere. Looking for art or re...  more »
  • Got a great Tuk Tuk driver who got us to the top of the church for photos of the area. The church itself is incredibly full for Mass so would advise getting there to see the crowds for a service, make...  more »
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  • What an impressive place! You really feel in peace in this place.
  • awesome place I saw in my life time.very beautiful church..
  • Great place. Spent a leisurely hour basking in the sun and antiquity.
  • Majestic structure. Very old and very beautiful.
  • This church has a beautiful and well preserved facade.

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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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