Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with many attractions. The cities close to the airport itself is unbelievably crowded with amazing places of visit and fascinating things to do. On that note, the city of Negombo lying close to the Bandaranaike International Airport of Sri Lanka is a Catholic city that is beautiful in its uniqueness. If you wish to spend some time in this lovely city, Club Hotel Dolphin is an adorable beach hotel Negombo that would add to the charm of the city.
Negombo is called the ‘Little Rome’ due to the highly ornate impact of Colonial times. The township has plenty of beautiful churches establishes from one neighbourhood to the other. Some of these establishments date far back to the 1670’s highlighting the value of them. If you’re in this city, you should not miss out on the beauty and the holiness of these fascinating structures.
On that note, St. Mary’s church is a major tourist attraction standing upright in its glory right in the middle of the city. It is one of the largest cathedrals in the country. If you have visited St. Lucia’s Cathedral of kotahena, then you would call this a church from the same family. The grandeur of the setting is highly evident from its outer appearance. Moreover, the construction of this wonderful church has started in 1874 and it had been completed almost after 50 years.
The architecture of the cathedral is simply enticing and evokes the nature of wondering along a castle. This church that is nearly 140 years old is distinctive in its structure of gothic columns and clean white cream walls. The major highlight of the setting is the thunderous religious depictions painted across the ceiling.
Some of the paintings on the ceilings depict Mother Mary while others like this one show God and angels. The very detailed sculpture at the altar at the end of the aisle makes an incredibly distinctive sight of Mother Mary is being made Queen of the Heavens. The newly built structure next to the church is truly enticing with beautiful stained glass patterns.
Finally, it definitely is a location to visit when in Negombo!
Intrigued by history, art and food, Shazzana Hamid is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary. Disguised as Lavinia Woolf she writes of the exhilarating and enchanting.