Negombo is a coastal town located on the West coast of Sri Lanka. The beaches in Negombo are popular among locals and foreigners alike mainly due to its close proximity to the capital as well as the airport. Therefore Negombo hotels have often been a top pick for transit passengers as well as for tourists arriving into and leaving the island.
Like most of its counterparts, Negombo too was once was in the hands of colonisers and a strong influence can be felt even today. The majority of the population’s main livelihood is fishing. Most of the residents of the town are Christians. One of the popular religious monuments in the town is the St. Mary’s Church. It is located on the Grand Street of Negombo and is easily identifiable due to its fading pink exterior. The Roman Catholic Church is a good example of neoclassical architecture. Negombo is known as “Little Rome” as there a large number of churches spanning across various parts of the town. However, St.Mary’s is a predominant landmark not only in Negombo but also in the whole island. The 140-year-old church features religious depictions in the form of paintings on the ceiling. Most hotels in the town would be happy to organise a tour of the church for its guest and one that has been doing so is Heritance Negombo.
Another noteworthy church in Negombo is the St. Sebastian church which was again is a Roman Catholic church. The church is located on the San Sebastian Street in Negombo and the shadow of the church could be spotted on the Negombo lagoon. The church is one of the very few in the island dedicated to St.Sebastian.
Today the streets of Negombo are filled with tourist and various shops and restaurants, however, the community still gives due significance to these religious monuments.
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