Wolvendaal ChurchCurrently Closed
- Address: Wolfendhal Street, Pettah Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
- Phone: +94-0112360577
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 00:30 Mins
- Tags: Church, Religious Site, View Point, Tourist Center, Family And Kids
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.
- Masses are offered in Tamil and English on Sundays.
- 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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59.86% of people who visit Colombo include Wolvendaal Church in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
47.23% of people start their Wolvendaal Church visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Wolvendaal Church
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Wolvendaal Church
The Wolfendhal Church is the oldest Protestant Church in use in Sri Lanka. It celebrates its 253rd anniversary this year. The name of the church derived from the place name Wolfendhal. Christianity was introduced into The Netherlands between 700 and 750 AD. Later at the time of the renaissance in Europe, the teachings of the French theologian, Jean Calvin (1509-1564) greatly influenced Christianity in The Netherlands. The Dutch as a dynamic nation preferred the freedom and realistic outlook of Calvinism that orthodox Christianity. The teachings of Calvin influenced the Dutch as a trading nation with ‘love of gain’. Prof. C.R. Boxer asserts that the Calvinism was the main driving force in the Dutch commercial expansion and cultural flowering which were marked features of the 17th century scene.
The history of the Christian Reformed Church (formerly Dutch Reformed Church) spans 360 of the 400 years of Dutch-Sri Lankan relations. It was in Galle on the 6th of October 1642 that the first Protestant ministrations began after Willem Jacobsz Coster had captured the fort in 1640. Organised Protestantism may be said to have been introduced in 1658 after the Dutch land and sea forces had defeated the main stronghold of the Portuguese on the island, the fort of Colombo, and became the sole masters of the Maritime Provinces of Ceylon. The church have following services English Pastor: A/P Ananda Jayawardene : (+94) 11 205 8328 Worship Service: Sunday at 09:30 am Sunday School: Sunday at 11:00 am Sinhala Pastor: Ev. Amal Elpitiya : (+94) 11 238 4095 Worship Service: Sunday at 06:45 am Sunday School: Sunday at 08:00 am Tamil Pastor: A/P Sureshkumar Karmeham : (+94) 11 238 4096 Worship Service: Sunday at 08:00 am Sunday School: Sunday at 09:30 am
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.