St. Anthony's Shrine Colombo

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St. Anthony's Shrine, Colombo, Colombo Overview

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. The locals have a great belief that a lot of healing takes place at this Church. Amidst the crowd, the Church still exhibits a serene and godly atmosphere. There is also a shop where you can pick up some relics.

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History of St. Anthony's Church

St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade, Colombo, is 185 years old and dates back to the Dutch colonial era when the Catholic religion was banned on the island. During this time the raging sea was eroding the village so the Catholic priests and Fr. Antonio who came to Ceylon from Cochin, placed a cross at the beach and prayed, the sea receded. Seeing this, the Dutch rulers allowed choosing catholic religion and allocated a land where a chapel dedicated to St. Anthony of Padua was built in 1806. In 1822 the historical statue of St. Anthony was brought from Goa and positioned in the altar. The construction of the Chapel was finally completed in 1828.

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