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Saint Mary's Church (Negombo)

Saint Mary's Church, also known as Mahaweediya Palliya is an old church located in Negombo town. It was built during the British era (1815–1948 A.D.).
Saint Mary's Church, Negombo

Saint Mary's Church, also known as Mahaweediya Palliya (lit: Grand street church; Sinhala: මීගමුව ශාන්ත මරියා පල්ලිය), is an old church located in Negombo town in Gampaha District, Sri Lanka.


According to some historical accounts, a shrine named "Church of the Mother of God" had been erected on this site during the Portuguese period in Sri Lanka (1597–1658 A.D.). That church was destroyed during the Dutch period (1658–1796 A.D.) but built again on the same site by British rulers [(1815–1948 A.D.) De Silva & Chandrasekara, 2009].

The Church Building

The church building shows architectural features related to the Roman style. The building is about 90 m long, and 60 m wide and the height up to the top of the main dome is about 52 m. (De Silva & Chandrasekara, 2009). The vaulted ceiling of the church is covered with nice paintings drawn by N. S. Godamanna (De Silva & Chandrasekara, 2009).


1) De Silva, N.; Chandrasekara, D.P., 2009. Heritage Buildings of Sri Lanka. Colombo: The National Trust Sri Lanka, ISBN: 978-955-0093-01-4.  p.120.


1) Negombo, Sri Lanka - panoramio (2) by Luděk Chmurovský is licensed under CC BY 3.0

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This page was last updated on 30 April 2023

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