St. Sebastian’s Church
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Due to damage suffered in the attacks on Sri Lanka on April 21, St. Sebastian's Church is currently closed.

St. Sebastian’s Church

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Kai Wah
Malaysia2,803 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We came here on our last day in Sri Lanka as we had evening flight back to our country. This is a peaceful church with Gothic revival style and built since 1930s and dedicated to St Sebastian who is considered a martyr in the history of Catholic Church. It took 10 years to complete the church. Not a must visit, but still worth a short visit if you have time to kill during your stay in Negombo.
Written March 27, 2020
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,642 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
There are more than one churches in town named after the town’s patron saint. This one is in the Wellaweediya district. Done in a Gothic Revival style, it was patterned after the Reims Cathedral in France. The church is fairly new, its foundation stone only laid in 1936. Much of the construction is concrete. There was a wedding going on at the time so I did not visit the interior. A version of the Stations of the Cross is situated outside the church. Its exterior is imposing.
Written January 19, 2020
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jeff1955malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia5,278 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
The St Sebastion cburch is within the city. The architure is nice with two doms on either side. They conduct service everyday
Written October 11, 2023
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KPLLCF
La Canada Flintridge, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
I was able to visit San Sebastián on September 6, 2019. There were 4 military personnel guarding the entrance, but no metal detectors. As you can see from my photo, renovations appear to be almost complete. The military has rebuilt the church and they’ve been able to do so quite quickly. There is a small section on the floor in the middle of the left row covered with glass to show where the suicide bomber entered. A memorial is in the courtyard with the names of the nearly 100 victims. The church is in a quiet residential neighborhood and my guide pointed out all the For Sale signs as many people are choosing to leave the area. A very somber experience, but well worth a visit to pay ones respect to all those who perished.
Written September 9, 2019
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MarkThamel
Negombo, Sri Lanka73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
In tripadvisor page it says that this was the church that got attacked in april 21 . Whuch is wrong . It is not this St.Sebastian's church . This church iis open and they have services everyday .
The church which was attacked also a St.Sebastian's church which is in Katuwapitiya about 4Kilometers away from this church.
Written December 22, 2019
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Viaggi2000
Switzerland15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
The Catholic communtiy in Negombo is vibrant, numerous and devout. Of the churches there, St Sebastian's has the most inspiring community, the most welcoming and outgoing involvement with the town and all its people Its priests are dedicated not only to parish work, but also to education, to charity. Services are inspiring, the music, the participation, the processions and ceremonies of the liturgical year, colourful and very moving. Sadly, as I write this review Negombo is grieving, San Sebastiano attacked by a heartless act which has torn at the heart of its community. It will recover, so strong is the dedication of its priests, the commitment and - sheer joy expressed in music, in words, in prayer - of its lay people,.
Visit and remember. You too will be uplifted when you leave and, later, will recall your time spent there.
Written April 21, 2019
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ralphrulach
London, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Friends
Well built (to the glory of God) in the gothic style, and well maintained.I have known this area for over 60 years and have seen improvements over the years. I last visited in January 2018. St Sebastian is the patron saint of Negombo and much venerated by the fishing communities in and around Negombo. If you go on a Sunday, or during celebration of the feast, you cannot but be impressed by the devotion.
Written February 13, 2018
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chari_9018
Colombo, Sri Lanka102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Sadly, we couldn't check the inside of the church as it was closed till 4pm ( we went there at 12PM) but this allowed us to stroll the grounds and take some awe inspiring pictures of church from the outside. it disheartened me to see the amount of trash that was lying around this beautiful church, people really need to be alot more mindful of their surrounding and environment. the Church seemed to be designed in a Gothic style on the lines of the Reems Cathedral in France.Since we own a mini cooper we asked the Father if it would be alright to take pictures of the car in front of the church, we wanted to make sure we asked for permission as this is a holy ground and we wanted to be respectful, the Father very graciously allowed us to do so, so it the church being closed worked in our favour. i would definitely put this as a must visit place in negambo it's alot more impressive than St Mary's church and I don't think this church gets the credit it deserves.
Written August 29, 2017
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Dushi-NY
NY, NY6,486 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
The largest concentration of Catholic Churches in Sri Lanka can be found in Negombo. We had initially planned on stopping by and taking a peek inside but ended up staying for over half an hour because a wedding was taking place. It was fun watching the kids running around in their gowns and tuxedoes, the bridesmaids in bright red saris, the beautiful bride in a Western style white gown, and the excited friends and family members posing with the happy couple.
Written March 7, 2019
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Anand G
Kochi (Cochin), India2,003 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
The building looks majestic and a bit imposing. The interior gives a pleasant feel as is essential for a church. Looks quite old but could not verify the history.
Written November 1, 2018
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