The Salvation Army Church (Kandy)

The Salvation Army Church

The Salvation Army Church is an old church located on the Colombo Street in Kandy town, Sri Lanka.


Local people believe that this building was erected to commemorate Arnolis Weerasooriya (1857-1888), the first non-westerner who attained the rank of colonel in the Salvation Army (Anderson, 1999; Rajapakse, 2016).

The Church

The two-storied church building is about 19.7 m long and 8.18 m wide (Rajapakse, 2016). The ground floor is mainly used for the usual church services and can be accessed through three arch shaped entrances. The upper storey contains about five rooms and is connected to the ground floor through a flight of steps with a wooden balustrade (Rajapakse, 2016).

A Protected Building

The Salvation Army Building bearing assessment no 26 situated in the Colombo Street of Kandy town, in the Divisional Secretary’s Division of Kandy is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government gazette notification published on 8 July 2005.


1) Anderson, G.H., 1999. Biographical dictionary of Christian missions. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. p.721.
2) Rajapakse, S., 2016. Pauranika Sthana Ha Smaraka: Mahanuwara Distrikkaya (In Sinhala). Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. ISBN:955-9159-34-8. pp.24-25.
3) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. No: 1401. 8 July 2005.


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