Considered to be one of the largest Roman – Catholic cathedrals in Sri Lanka, the St. Mary’s Church is a true landmark edifice in Negombo. Read on to find out more details!
The city of Negombo has been heavily influenced by Christian faith from the time it was colonised by the Portuguese. At one point of time, the area was called ”Little Rome ” due to a large number of churches which were built there. The construction of the cathedral commenced in the year 1874 and was finally concluded in 1922 after a long gap.
How to Get There
The church is located on Grand Street which is situated smack dab in the middle of the city. It can be easily reached via public transport in a matter of minutes from many a hotel in the area such as Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions, a popular provider of Ayurveda treatment in Sri Lanka.
St. Mary’s Church showcases a neo-classical style with hints of gothic influence, seen in the towering columns and alabaster walls. It has been often praised as a true amalgamation of European cultural practices and native art styles from the earlier part of the 20th century.
Things to See
Upon entering the place of worship, visitors can take in the stunning ceilings painted with images of saints along with numerous sculptures. It’s a great place to visit for those who are interested in non-secular art and architecture.
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