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“Tired and unloved”
Review of Wolvendaal Church

Wolvendaal Church
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Colombo City Tour by Tuk Tuk
Ranked #29 of 147 things to do in Colombo
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Tired and unloved”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

Needs a coat of paint and some pointers to its history amongst Dutch Burghers in Colombo. Disappointingly neglected.

Visited February 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Dutch Heritage”
Reviewed March 5, 2014

nice to see this piece of history. There is a nice caretaker on the premises who is showing you around

Visited March 2014
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Fremantle, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 948 helpful votes
“A peaceful piece of Colonial history”
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.

Visited January 2014
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Ghent, Belgium
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“Escape the heat in a Christian way.”
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.

Visited February 2014
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“Mad max walk to it”
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

Visited January 2014
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