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St. Mary's Church, Negombo

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Church Tourist Spot
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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  • Beautiful church with magnificent paintings. Huge halls and high ceilings with paintings on them, very impressive.  more »
  • Its a church just turn up have a look take a photo move on, its 30 mins of attraction at most. Its a bit dingy in the area around it.  more »
  • Nicely built church in the heart of Negombo... I have been to this church couple of times in 2012 and recently visited this church as I was heading to Negombo.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.