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“Must visit Dutch period church”
Review of Wolvendaal Church

Wolvendaal Church
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Colombo City Tour by Tuk Tuk
Ranked #31 of 147 things to do in Colombo
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Ghaziabad, India
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“Must visit Dutch period church”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

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.

Visited February 2014
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“A must visit”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

Very historical and beautiful church right in the centre of downtown Colombo. Many items are well preserved and in their original state like the pews, ministers' chambers and an ancient hand-pumped organ which is more than a century old.

Visited May 2014
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“Impressive”
Reviewed 5 May 2014

This was a good place to visit even if you are not of the particular faith of this church.

So much history and the guy who looks after the church will take you round and will explain the history, very knowledgeable. Make sure you give a donation to the church.

Visited April 2014
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“Tired and unloved”
Reviewed 11 March 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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“Dutch Heritage”
Reviewed 6 March 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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