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Wolvendaal Church

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Address: Wolfendhal Street, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Spend a while here, soaking up the history. The resident guide is charming and full of information. The building needs renovation, but is still charming. This was the first... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 August 2015
Southern UK
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Southern UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

Spend a while here, soaking up the history. The resident guide is charming and full of information. The building needs renovation, but is still charming. This was the first building Dutch sailors saw as their sailing ships approached the then colony.

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Suva, Fiji
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2015

This is an 18th century church built by dutch and hence called Dutch Reformed Church then. The church could be seen from any ship approaching the Colombo Port back in the day. The sailors have used this church extensively. I was told that there is a tunnel that connected the church to the Colombo Ports for infected seamen and prisoners... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015

The history of the Dutch Reformed Church (currently Christian Reformed Church) spans 360 of the 400 years of Dutch-Sri Lankan relations. You will get to know about all of this if you make a quick 30 to 45 mins visit to this interesting building. The custodian I spoke to was very knowledgeable. Please note that there is no fee to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2015

I have traveled with CYRIL TOURS - Sri Lanka to this historical place.This was built by Dutch by using stones in 1749.Worth looking at are the tombstones set into the floor, which were moved from a church with in the Fort in 1813. The dates on the tombs of several Dutch governors, whose bones were reinterred here, reveal how risky... More 

Thank Naaijer
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2015

This is another bit of the Dutch history other than the more famous Dutch Hospital that you should visit if you are in Colombo. It is a quaint church and it still has some of the decor from the past like the pulpit, the pews etc. As it is a functioning church, it would be nice to attend one of... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2015

Old church still in use. Gentleman there explained the history of the church and the influence of the Dutch. Has many graves in the floor of the church.

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Denmark, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2015 via mobile

Worth a visit, our taxi driver explained some of the features and the custodian told us a little about the history. Spent about 45 minutes there.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2015

As a Dutch colonial building it is worth visiting and the staff are very helpful, knowlegable and willing to explain about the church. There is no entrance fee - instead you are asked to place a donation in the offering box. It looks dated because it is and it seems well preserved. Worth seeing on a visit to Colombo

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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2015 via mobile

Wolvevdaal Church of Colombo or the Dutch Church as the local refer it to. The church is in a stage that renovation is a must to preserve it overall being as a place of worship. The old man that look after the property has a good knowledge of the church as well as the period of each conquering nations, the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2015

While indisputably part of Sri Lanka and Colombo's heritage, this Church was showing every sign of being poorly cared for. The crypts were worth reading, and there were some historic photographs. The small grounds facing the sea were a tad unkempt. It looks like a Christian denomination with declining attendance which is typical of Protestant churches in many Western countries,... More 

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