The Wolvendaal Church was built by the Dutch Reformed Church with assistance of VOC Company in 1749. When the church was built, this area was a wild area beyond the city walls. The Dutch mistook the packs of roaming jackals for wolves, and the area became known as Wolf’s Dale, or Wolvendaal in Dutch. The church, whose foundations were laid in 1749, took 8 years to build and is capable of seating 1000 persons. Completed on 6th of March 1757, it was dedicated for public worship by Rev. Matthias Wirmelskircher, Rector of the Colombo Seminary. The church was constructed in the Doric style of the period, in the form of a Greek cross, with walls nearly five feet thick, over which the gables have been raised. The dome was originally arched with brick and surmounted with a brazen lion. This lion had a crown on its head, bearing a sword in one hand and seven arrows in the other, representing the seven united provinces of the Dutch Republic. In 1856, a bolt of lightning destroyed this lion and seriously damaged the dome. The roof was later replaced with an iron covering. The real treasure is its Dutch furniture. The Dutch governors had a special pew made with elegant carved ebony chairs. The wooden pulpit, ebony and calamander chairs, baptismal font and lectern all belong to the Dutch era. The floor is paved with tombstones of those who lie buried within the church. One can find many famous names of 300 year Sri Lankan history: Dutch, Burgher, Singhalese, Tamil and English.
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