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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  • October 3, 2017
    Have visited several churches. This was the nicest we've seen. Very well kept and beautiful frescoes.
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  • October 1, 2017
    Beautiful Catholic Church on the main street of Negombo. Inside steel not go because you want to shut down the shoulders and knees.
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  • September 19, 2017
    Visited the lovely Church at 9am on Sunday morning and needless to say it was packed with a service under way. It was good in one way to sit in on the service for 15 minutes or so, however, could not ...  more »
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  • June 21, 2017
    Great place. Spent a leisurely hour basking in the sun and antiquity.
  • June 17, 2017
    This church has a beautiful and well preserved facade.
  • April 10, 2017
    Majestic structure. Very old and very beautiful.
  • January 3, 2017
    Quite an impressive church, located on sea street on a big plot of land... I took a peek inside, looks nice!
  • June 7, 2017
    Beatiful Catholic church.

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