Wolvendaal Church

Wolvendaal Church

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About Wolvendaal Church

Within view of the Colombo Fort is the beautiful Wolvendaal Church, an iconic Dutch building that is considered to be one of ancient churches in the city. One admiring the architecture of the building would find it hard to believe that the land on which the church stands was once a marshland with swamps. It’s said that a lot of Jackals roamed this area and was mistaken by the Europeans to be wolves. Hence the name Wolvendaal, which is also known as Wolf’s Dale.

The church was built in 1749 and is shaped in the form of a Greek cross that is built with 1.5m thick walls. The true attraction of the church which is worth viewing it seems is the original Dutch furniture. It’s said that the Dutch governors had a special pew made with elegant carved ebony chairs. Many boast of the impeccable workmanship found on the wooden pulpit, baptismal font and lectern which is equally beautiful to the rest of the church. The stone floor includes the elaborate tombstones to long-forgotten Dutch governors and colonists.