We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: St. Thomas College, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Website
Sunday
Closed
See all hours
Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 1:30 pm

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 35 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 18
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Paintings by David Paynter

I have spent many hours in this chapel at my old school in Colombo. I also remember David Paynter painting the stunning murals of the Transfiguration during the 1960's. Certainly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2016
hdias
,
Reigate, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

35 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 28: English reviews
Reigate, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
146 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

I have spent many hours in this chapel at my old school in Colombo. I also remember David Paynter painting the stunning murals of the Transfiguration during the 1960's. Certainly worth a visit if in Mount Lavinia. S Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia is a private school which is the equivalent of a British public school founded by the first Anglican... More 

Helpful?
Thank hdias
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

Sri Lankan artist David Paynter's beautiful mural of the Transfiguration of Christ on the eastern wall behind the main altar is

Helpful?
Thank SWijesinha
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Level Contributor
26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

If you are a Christian, try to make it for the Christmas Carol Service at the College Chapel. It will be an experience you will cherish. The painting of the Transfiguration was done when I was a schoolboy there. It is said to be unique. You will need permission to enter the College premises & chances will be better out... More 

Helpful?
Thank Dushyantha P
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016 via mobile

It's located within the School premises you need permission to enter the church , definitely worth a visit after school hours

Helpful?
Thank ManagerBeachWadiya
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
124 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

A chapel reminiscent of British public schools and a mix of Cathedral and period architecture. The unfinished painting by David Paynter is unique and its equal is located at the Trinity College Chapel Kandy.

Helpful?
Thank RHM63
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

The STC chapel is a stunning must see for visitors. its a bit of the beaten track but if your in the area the college grounds and the chapel are truly stunning. It gives you a good perspective of old colonial Ceylon. Do your homework though as there are only certain times your allowed in as it is still part... More 

Helpful?
Thank sidiedaz
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Level Contributor
35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

The Chapel has been featured in at least one movie and is located on one of Sri Lanka's premiere educational establishments. If you are able to take in a chapel service with the fine boys' choir you will not be disappointed. They have recently installed a fine pipe organ.

Helpful?
Thank GaryVanBrocklin
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Level Contributor
22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is very old and historic church in Colombo Sri Lanka. It contains one of the oldest musical instrument. There are chairs in the church from the Dutch and English colonial periods. Also it contains very old graves for the governors of the colonial period.

Helpful?
1 Thank IAAUAE1
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Level Contributor
66 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

My son was christened here, as my husband went to St. Thomas' College. By the beach and sea, nice to stroll around. Lots of B&B places in the area - lots of diners, and an old-world place to visit.

Helpful?
1 Thank Baddrika M
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Level Contributor
259 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

The chapel is very old building built during the colonial days. The school is over 150 years which has played a big match for 134 years non stop. Peaceful & nice place to visit

Helpful?
1 Thank Aruna G

Travelers who viewed St. Thomas Chapel also viewed

Colombo, Western Province
Colombo, Western Province
 

Been to St. Thomas Chapel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from St. Thomas Chapel staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?