Religious Sights in Colombo, Part 2 (Self Guided), Colombo

During its history, the city of Colombo was dominated successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, each of them having left significant marks in all aspects of life, including the religious one. Churches, Hindu Kovils, Buddhist Temples and Mosques can be found in the city and its suburbs. This tour will help you discover them.
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Religious Sights in Colombo, Part 2 Map

Guide Name: Religious Sights in Colombo, Part 2
Guide Location: Sri Lanka » Colombo (See other walking tours in Colombo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 Km or 3.4 Miles
Author: Linda
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • St Mary's Church
  • Vajiraramaya Temple
  • St. Paul's Church Milagiriya
  • Isipathanaramaya Temple
  • Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple
  • St Theresa's Church
  • Jawatta Mosque
  • The Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour
St Mary's Church

1) St Mary's Church

St Mary's Church is one of the oldest Parish churches in Colombo, and its history begins with the priestly formation of the Oblate order. The building of the church began in 1908 upon the initiative and with the help of Archbishop Anthony Coudert and was finished in 1917. In 1927, the library and the bookstall were attached to St Mary's Church. It played a leading role in spreading Catholicism on the territory and in the development of two important Catholic schools and other churches of its kind, namely St. Theresa's and St. Anthony's.
Vajiraramaya Temple

2) Vajiraramaya Temple

Vajiraramaya Temple is one of the best known Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka, serving not only as a place for worship, but also as a centre offering Buddhism classes for the youth. It was built in 1901 by a distinguished monk, Sri Vajiraramaya Maha Nayaka Thera, who originated from the southern part of the country. From here the local monks were spreading their beliefs to countries from the West, so the temple became an important religious spot for Buddhist worshippers and in 2009 it received the title of a sacred place.
St. Paul's Church Milagiriya

3) St. Paul's Church Milagiriya

St. Paul's Church is situated in the Milagiriya district of Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. It is one of the oldest churches in Sri Lanka as now part of the Anglican Church of Ceylon. The church was first built by the Portungese as a Roman Catholic place of worship and was known as Nossa Senhora dos Milagres. Milagiriya is the ‘Sinhalised’ name for the Portuguese word Milagres, meaning miracles. There was a well situated near the original church and during the time of the Portuguese people used to flock here as it was reputed to have miraculous properties. The sick were brought to the church from all over the island to drink the water from the well.

Many priests have played a role in ministering to the needs of the local community in Milagiriya from 1890 and they include: Rev. John Ford, Rev. Harry Marsh, Rev. Paul Lucien Jansz, Canon Ivan Corea, Canon Christopher W. Mutukisna, Rev. Bala Arulpragasam, Rev. Padma Bharati, Rev. Dhiloraj Canagasabey, Rev. Chrishantha B. Mendis and Rev.Melvin de Silva.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Isipathanaramaya Temple

4) Isipathanaramaya Temple (must see)

Isipathanaramaya Temple has very beautiful frescoes, mural paintings and statues dedicated to the life and activities of Buddha, realized by the artist Sarlis Master in 1920. The temple was built in memory of Edward Henry Pedris, who in 1915 was executed by the British, a fact that was considered by the people of Sri Lanka an injustice and encouraged them to fight for their independence.
Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple

5) Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple

Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple is one of those magnificent spots that should not be missed when you are in Colombo. Unappealing on the outside, it offers an astonishing view inside. The temple boasts some of the finest wall murals in the country, with refined details and colours. The temple is very appreciated by the Buddhist worshippers for its quietness and warm atmosphere.
St Theresa's Church

6) St Theresa's Church

The Church of the St. Theresa's is a Roman Catholic church, located at Thimbirigasyaya Road in Colombo. The current parish priest is Rev. Fr. Neil Dias Karunarathne C.Ss.R.. It was the year 1937, Mrs. Dias was made a proposal to Fr. Giwdan, the parish priest of Bambalapitiya to lay a foundation for a Catholic church. Bishop has given his permission and as a result the temporary structure was built and dedicated to St. Theresa. In cause of time the catholic community of the area was fairly large and Fr. James has initiated a process in 1934 to construct the existing church. It was the year 1951, the first step was taken to construct the church and in 1952 archbishop Thomas Corey has handed over the church to Dominican fathers. The Church was completed and consecrated on 7th October 1961 by the archbishop Thomas Corey.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Jawatta Mosque

7) Jawatta Mosque

Jawatta Jummah Mosque is the religious spot situated on the territory of Jawatta Burial Garden, and it controls the activity of the cemetery. The land for the cemetery and the mosque was donated by Maas Thajoon Akbar, an important personality in the city, who also played a significant role in the building of Jawatta Mosque.
The Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour

8) The Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour (must see)

The Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour is a representative of the Anglican Churches Community, which is of considerable interest to Catholic worshippers. Many important manifestations, celebrations, ceremonies and services in the religious life of the Catholics take place here. The church also hosts an annual festival of choirs, on August 1st, gathering together many people from all around the country, either to participate or just to listen.

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