St. Lucia’s Cathedral is named after the saint martyr St. Lucia who is considered to be the protector of those with eye troubles in Colombo. The St. Lucia’s Cathedral church is the oldest Parish church in Sri Lanka and is considered to be the seat of the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Colombo. St Lucia’s Cathedral was first established in 1760 and exhibited beautiful architecture of the Gothic style. The cathedral has a rich culture and heritage, which makes it a popular place in Colombo.
St. Anthony's Shrine, built in 1828, is dedicated to St. Anthony of Padua and is a modern Roman Catholic church in the Kochchikade, Kotahena of Colombo.The shrine has an impressive Renaissance architecture and is a place of miracles and faith for both Catholics and non-Catholics. It attracts worshipers at all times of the day, especially on Sundays and is thus one of the most sought after attractions of Colombo. The 1st floor has a small museum dedicated to the memory of the patron saint, St. Anthony.
Located in the town of Pettah in Colombo, Wolvendaal Church is one of the more significant remnants of the Dutch Colonial era and is one of the oldest Protestant churches in Sri Lanka that is still in use. Constructed in 1757, according to Roman and Greek architectural influences, Wolvendaal is truly a sight to behold.
Sinhalese architecture has never been celebrated as much as within the design of St. Luke's Church in Borella of Colombo. The church which was consecrated in 1941, also plays an essential part in the history of the Church Missionary Society and is one of the most prominent churches in Sri Lanka among the Anglican Churches.
The All Saints’ Church located in Borella, Colombo dates back to 1884. Known for its Gothic architecture and stained glass windows, the church has a carillon of 25 bells specially bought in from West Germany, each bearing a saint’s name on it.
Built in the 19th century, St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Colombo saw worship arise from 1842. The church has since then faced times of flourish as well as struggle. Today, with over a century’s history, the church continues to attract millions of visitors every year. The church is open to all.
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Located on Cinnamon Gardens, Cathedral of Christ The Living Saviour is the primary Anglican cathedral affiliated to the Church of Ceylon. Established in 1973 upon the decision to replace the old cathedral in Mutwal, the construction was initiated by Bishop Harold de Soysa, the first Ceylonese Bishop of Colombo and designed by P.H.Wilson peiris.
Situated in Wellawatte, Colombo, The St. Lawrence Church is one of the oldest churches of Sri Lanka. Dedicated to St. Lawrence, the patron saint of Sri Lanka Colombo, it is also a worship place for Parish of Wellawatte.
St. paul's church is an Anglican church located in Milagiriya district of colombo. Considered to be one of the oldest churches in Sri Lanka which is now a part of the Anglican church of Ceylon, the church was first built by the Portungese as a Roman Catholic place of worship and was known as Nossa Senhora dos Milagres.
Situated in 26 church street, Colombo Fort St. Peter's church was constructed in 22 May 1821 Colombo Fort. It is considered as one of the oldest functioning churches in Sri Lanka.
Located in Kotahena (District 13), St Thomas’s Church is the oldest church in Sri Lanka. The Anglican styled chapel is magnificent with its white walls, polished wooden structures inside the church and simple ancient architecture. The church vicinity has a graveyard with Dutch tombstones engraved in gothic inscriptions.
Located in Kollupitiya, St Michael’s Church is an Anglican Church of the Diocese of Colombo. Built in mortar, wood and stone, the church is a historically significant century-old building. The prayer services are held in Sinhala, Tamil and English.
If you plan a trip to Colombo, then do not forget to visit these historic churches in Colombo.
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