St Anthony's Church Kochikade3007 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 07:00 pm]
- Address: Kochchikade, St Anthony's Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Timings: 05:30 am - 07:00 pm Details
- Phone: +94-112329303
- Time Required: 00:15 Mins
- Tags: Church, Religious Site
This is one of the most curious churches you'll ever visit. From the outside, it is by every appearance a regular Catholic Church. But the second you step in, it's as if you've stepped into a pagan temple. There are a dozen statues of Christian saints, and you will find lines of church-goers making offerings to each saint in a manner that is definitely non-traditional. The statue of St. Anthony is especially popular, as there are stories of miracles associated to it. During times of festival, the entire church is usually decked out in full Hindu-style pagan pizzazz. This all inclusive nature of the church has made a favourite of people of every imaginable faith in Colombo. The church was built in 1905 by an Indian Catholic. The church is an important cultural asset in Indo-Sri Lankan relationships.
St Anthony's Church Kochikade Travel Tips
- Photography is generally not allowed.
St Anthony's Church Kochikade Hours
- Sundays: 5:30 AM, 7:30 AM Mass in Tamil & 12:15 PM, 5:30 PM Mass in Sinhala.
- Daily: 6:00 AM-Mass in Tamil & 12:15 PM-Mass in Sinhala
- Saturday 6:00 PM: Mass in English
- Opening hours given are by mass times. Call the attraction to find out visiting hours.
How to Reach St Anthony's Church Kochikade
- Take a tuk-tuk, taxi, or local bus to Kotahena Bus Stand.
- Drive or walk here.
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53.7% of people who visit Colombo include St Anthony's Church Kochikade in their plan
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St Anthony's Church Kochikade Reviews & Ratings
Simply a place with miracles. Just go in faith n ask in faith & it will be done to you. Dedicated to St. Anthony of Padua Italy. Crowded on Tuesday and Sunday. But weekday evening you can enter the church with a long queue. Take no bags as they are checking everything after the recent terrorist attack on the church. Its a Holy place don't ruin the nature of it.
A very very sacred & popular church in Sri Lanka. I understand that people of many other faiths go to this church & I my self saw a muslim lady in this church when I was in the church last year & all this says that there is something very special in church. I go to this church most of the times when I am in Sri Lanka. This church has a long history. You will also find a small museum on the side of the church with some history. Please visit this church & feel it yourself.
Restoring to shrine and the church premises are getting over to reopen the church for the public worship on the the 12th June 2019. This the chariot procession of St Anthony will not take place due to security reasons. However con celebrated high mass will be offered in the morning to mark the St. Anthony's feast.
It's recovering very fastly from the recent bomb attacks. Now they have implemented body checking sequences before entering the promises. Crowd scene in the premises is still very low. In front of the building huge construction is going on and it might be little bit inconvenient since you have no parking spaces around the Shrine. Cleanliness of the place might have gone down after the attack but I hope it will recover soon. I don't know how but its seems most of the statues has survived without any damage during the attack...
Very beautiful. Less crowded and good security. Vehicle parking little problem but can park opposite side and x roads.