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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  • The St. Mary's Church is build by Dutch time in Sri Lanka, In Negombo More Catholic People living area in Sri Lanka. Its More beautiful holy place to visit. There are have more churches like this. if ...  more »
  • A church... beautifully decorated, it changes the temples! There are several in this city, decorated ceiling, beautiful stained glass
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  • The art work in the church has all been painted by one man, a Buddhist who is married to a Catholic. Go figure  more »
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  • This is a historical place. I think it goes back to colonial era. The architecture is simply breathtaking. Loved the sculptures. Has parking space for vehicles. Place attracted a number of tourists while I was there. I attended here for a wedding. The ceremony was nice and simple well planned by the father. This was my first wedding at a church and I loved it.
  • Very Nice Church, historical place with beautiful arts on the roof as well. and blessed place.
  • One of nice places where you can witness to the old architecture of British.
  • Holy place. Most of the things related to my life happened here.
  • Well a church, for me not really an impressive one as almost every town in Germany has one that can compete with this one.

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