Kotte Christ Church

Christ Church (Sinhala: කෝට්ටේ ක්‍රිස්තු දේවස්ථානය) is an Anglican church located in Kotte in Colombo District, Sri Lanka.

The idea to construct a new church adjoining the cemetery at the entrance to the Cotta Institute was conceived by J.W. Balding, the superintendent missionary appointed in 1901. He made an appeal to the Church Missionary Society to raise funds for this project and it was supported by the Metropolitan of Calcutta and the Bishop of Colombo. As a result, Balding was able to raise Rs. 13,000 before he left the District in 1914.

In 1920, G.A. Purser assumed duties as the superintendent missionary and the project work was continued again during his tenure of office. Funds collected by his predecessors were utilized for that and on 9 December 1922, the foundation stone for the new Church was laid by Bishop E.A. Copleston. The architecture for the church building was on the lines of the Presbyterian Church at Reagent Street in Colombo and the designs were provided by Claessaen of the Government factory.

The construction work of the church was completed in 1923 during the tenure of A.C Houlder, the new superintendent missionary who was appointed after Purser who left the country in March 1923. 

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This page was last updated on 13 March 2023

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