All Saints Church, Galle Fort, Sri Lanka


Situated within the Galle Fort, which was declared as a "WORLD HERITAGE SITE" in 1988 by UNESCO


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All Saints Church
Galle Fort
Anglican Church
Dioses of Colombo
Galle Fort
World Heritage Site
Construction of All Saints Church, Galle was begun in 1868. The church was consecrated in 1871, and still holds services today. It is built on a basilican plan, in Victorian Gothic Revival style but modified to suit local conditions.

The edifice of this church has withstood many monsoons and still stands out firm as a landmark of the historical Dutch fortress in Galle.

The plan of the Church is cruciform firmly supported on stone columns and arches carved beautifully in timber. Masonry arches built in local kabuk and lime mortar are strong enough to last many more years.

The heavy pews, with Jewish emblem of David's star, and sanctuary are all done of Burma Teak.

Thousands of tourists visit this beautiful church and admire this architectural masterpiece of the colonial era.

Contact: Archdeacon, Galle, Ven. Sunil Ferdinando -(+94)776209495 (archdgvsf@gmail.com).
Address: Archdeacon's Residence, No. 63, Lower Dickson Road, Galle, Sri Lanka.
The "Church of Ceylon", which is the Anglican Church in Sri Lanka, was established with the appointment of its first Bishop, Rt. Rev James Chapman in 1845 as the Bishop of Colombo.

Until 1950 it consisted only of the Diocese of Colombo but a second diocese was established at Kurunegala in that year.

The Church of Ceylon is the second largest group of Christians in Sri Lanka, which is said to have held services way back since 1796.
Galle Fort, on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards.

It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more than 425 years maintains a polished appearance.

The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO and it was inscribed as a Cultural World Heritage Site in 1988.
 

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