Wolvendaal Church, Colombo

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Address: Wolfendhal Street, Pettah Colombo, Sri Lanka

Phone: +94-0112360577

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Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

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About Wolvendaal Church, Colombo

The 1749 Wolvendaal Church is the most important Dutch building in Sri Lanka. When the church was built, this area was a wilderness beyond the city walls. The Europeans mistook the packs of roaming jackals for wolves, and the area became known as Wolf’s Dale, or Wolvendaal in Dutch.

The church is in the form of a Greek cross, with walls 1.5m thick, but the real treasure is its Dutch furniture. The Dutch governors had a special pew made with elegant carved ebony chairs, and the workmanship in the wooden pulpit, baptismal font and lectern is just as beautiful. The stone floor includes the elaborate tombstones to long-forgotten Dutch governors and colonists.

Wolvendaal Church Information

  • Masses are offered in Tamil and English on Sundays.

How To reach Wolvendaal Church by Public Transport

  • You can take the cool kangaroo radio cab, the ace cab or rent a taxi service. The cheapest and easiest way is to hire the tuk-tuk.

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Wolvendaal Church, Colombo Reviews

  • Tucked away in the old city part of Colombo this Dutch Reformed Church was built in 1749 by the Dutch East India Company. It has weathered life in Colombo for all of these years and there are interesting points to see both inside and outside the church building. Of particular note are the gravestones of the Dutch settlers and colonists who died in this country and were buried on site. Remnants of the British period of occupation can also be seen in and around the church, and these stand in stark contrast to those of the Dutch period. The caretaker on site can provide a very interesting and detailed account of the history of the church and the city, and I encourage you to listen to his narration. Donations towards the upkeep of the church are requested but not demanded. 100 LKR is a good starting point but we thought 500 was more appropriate. Well worth a visit. Highly recommended.

  • This is a landmark in the revolution of Dutch era this was built but dutch rulers from all around the world

  • Christian worship place. (Christian Reformed Church) Built in 1949. It is one of the oldest Protestant churches still in use on the island.

  • History of wolfendhol

  • Historic church

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