Friday, 22 October 2021

Christ Church, Mutwal

Christ Church, Mutwal
Christ Church is an Anglican church situated in Mutwal in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is considered the oldest church within the Anglican Diocese and the first Cathedral of the Anglican Church in Ceylon.

History
The church is called Gal Palliya (church of rock) due to its solid granite rock structure. It was designed by a British architect named R.C. Carpentar on the advice of Bishop James Chapman (De Silva & Chandrasekara, 2009). The construction works of the church were started with laying the cornerstone on 15 June 1852 (De Silva & Chandrasekara, 2009). After completing the works, the church was consecrated on 21 September 1854 (De Silva & Chandrasekara, 2009).

The two bells inside the church are said to have been imported from England (De Silva & Chandrasekara, 2009). The old water container that was used for baptism in the past has been preserved today as a heritage object (De Silva & Chandrasekara, 2009).

Attribution
1) IMG_2212 and IMG_2207 by Dhammika Heenpella are licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

References
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.126.

Location Map
This page was last updated on 27 December 2021
For a complete tourist map follow this link: Lankapradeepa Tourist Map

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