Manalkadu Dutch Church

Manalkadu Dutch Church
Manalkadu Dutch Church (Photo credit: Tom J, Google Street View)

The ancient Manalkadu Dutch Church (Sinhala: මනල්කාඩු ලන්දේසි පල්ලිය; Tamil: மணற்காடு இடச்சுத் தேவாலயம்) is found near the present St. Anthony's Church in the coastal village of Manalkadu in Jaffna District, Sri Lanka. The church presently remains in an evocatively ruined and roofless state, half-buried in the sand dunes.

During the period between 1658-1796, most of the coastal areas in Sri Lanka were controlled by the DutchThe ruined church at Manalkadu is said to have been built by them in the 18th century. 
A protected monument
The Manalkaadu Dutch Chruch on No. 418 of the Manalkaadu Grama Niladhari Division in the Wadamarachchi Divisional Secretary’s Division is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government Gazette notification published on 30 December 2011.

Manalkadu Dutch Church
1) Manal kaadu by Pragash umachandraa is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

1) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. No: 1739. 30 December 2011. p.1090.

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This page was last updated on 12 April 2023
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