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“A peaceful piece of Colonial history”
Review of Wolvendaal Church

Wolvendaal Church
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$41.25*
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Colombo City Tour by Tuk Tuk
Ranked #33 of 151 things to do in Colombo
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

Sandwiched in the middle of the busy Pettah district sits the historical Wolvendaal church. It's not that easy to find unless your Tuk Tuk driver drives you (or you've got a really good map of the area). It is a quiet reflective oasis in this part of town. The oldest church in Colombo (3rd oldest in Sri Lanka) - is still a working church and because its a Dutch Protestant church its not an ornate tourist attraction however it is steeped in history. The church's verger/caretaker is knowledgable, patient and happy to show you around the church and the grounds and explain the building's quirky heritage. There are no fees as its a normal church however after having a guided tour and seeing that it is in need of repairs I was more than happy to make a donation to assist in its upkeep.

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Reviewed February 20, 2014

My girlfriend and I had a walk in the old trading district of Pettah when suddenly an (unwanted) guide appeared who took us along to the Wolvendaal Church. He arranged us some sort of tour with the museum/church conservator. The old man knew the history of the reformed church, the VOC and EIC and told us some interesting facts about the choir, barrel and the pulpit. Apparently the church is constructed in such a way that the ships entering the harbor had a clear view on the building. After the small tour the conservator asked us a small donation.

Because the church desperately needs to be renovated, I prefer the one in Malaysian Melaka. But it is still one of the old heritage sites in the city, and if you’re a little bit familiar with European colonial history, you will enjoy this. Not at least becaues it gives you the opportunity to escape the heat for a few moments.

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Reviewed January 10, 2014

The church is old - true.
There are some very old grave stones which are interesting.
The church itself, though old, is basic.

The walk there was horrendous. Say no more

1  Thank G P
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

Wolfendal Church was the main church of Dutch colonial Ceylon. In addition to a 19th century organ, original church furniture and a great number of fascinating tomb stones it also keeps extraordinary Church silver dishes and bowls, some of them 17th century. It is a quiet place in an otherwise noisy area, and when you happen to be there during divine service it is a memorable visit!

3  Thank Robert188633
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Reviewed December 25, 2013

We had a driver and car for 4 hours and he brought us to this church.
The very elderly caretaker took around and explained the history of the church which was very interesting. There were quite a few young people practising their hymns for the service the next day as it is a working church. It is a shame they obviously don't have the finances to upkeep the church.....it could do with a good paint. Nevertheless, it is still worth a visit as it is part of the history of Colombo!

1  Thank paulini
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