St Peters ChurchCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: Church St Colombo 00100 Sri Lanka
- Timings: 07:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 00:30 Mins
- Tags: Church, Religious Site, Family And Kids
St Peters Church - Review
It doesn't look like a church. That's the first thought you'll have when you step in, and are no longer being distracted by the admittedly church-like facade outside. But you see, it wasn't always a church. In Portuguese times, the building was a monastery. The Dutch used it as a government house and banquet hall. It wasn't until the British came along that it was made into a Garrison Church. It is cozy, and intimate, and so it is good for service. Plus, it's historical, so it counts as a tourist attraction too.
How To reach St Peters Church by Public Transport
- Take a tuk-tuk, taxi, or local bus to here.
- Drive or walk to here
- 107 Bus Station
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Things to Know Before Visiting St Peters Church
95% of people who visit Colombo include St Peters Church in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
50% of people start their St Peters Church visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see St Peters Church
82.86% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting St Peters Church
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St Peters Church, Colombo Reviews
On the outside St Peter’s doesn’t look much like a church at all. However, once you go inside, it cannot be mistaken for anything other than a historic several century-old church. The high roof, stained limestone walls, marble floors, arched glass windows, wooden pews blackened with age, wood and marble plaques on the walls in memory of some of the long gone members of the congregation, and the sense of peace and quiet; all lend to it’s beauty and charm. The shadowed spaces speak of deep history and whispered secrets. It’s said that the foundations of the place are the original structures from the Portuguese monastery.
This building was a part of Dutch Governor's residence complex during the Dutch colonial period. Originally during Portuguese rule, the site has been occupied by a monastery building. Since 1656 until the end of the VoC rule of Ceylon in 1796 the building complex was used as official residence of the Dutch Governor. By arrival of British it became Government House during the fisrt years under Governor North and fell into a state of disrepair. In 1804 it was altered and put into use as main garrison. It remained so until it was consecrated in 1821. During the repairs in 1832, classical masonry columns were added and substantial part of original residential building was demolished. It houses one of the few 'panka's (fans which were operated by manual labour) remaining in the island. It is one of the oldest buildings you would find in Colombo.
Historical church in the country. The church is open daily for private prayer from 7.00 am to 5.00 pm on all seven days except on Monday.
An amazing building in an almost inaccessible area.