Wolvendal church

The Wolvendaal Church is considered one of the most important Dutch buildings in Colombo. Built in 1749, the Church is located on a hill, providing a fantastic view overlooking the Colombo harbour.

It is believed that when the Church was built, what is now a bustling and crowded area was once a forested wilderness. The Dutch, mistaking a pack of jackals for wolves named the area Wolvendaal or Wolf's Dale.

The Church has a Doric facade which is solid and heavy. It was constructed in the shape of a Greek cross with walls 1.5 meters thick. The furniture inside is well preserved. The Dutch governors had a special pew made with elegant carved ebony chairs, and the workmanship in the wooden pulpit, baptismal font and lectern is just as beautiful. The stone floor includes the elaborate tombstones of five Dutch governors, moved here from an older Dutch Church in Fort in 1813.

The Church holds services - in Sinhala, English, and Tamil - on Sunday mornings.


Opening Times : Monday to Sunday 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

Tickets: Free

Photographs: Free

Address: Wolvendaal Lane, Pettah, Colombo 11

Telephone: +94 11 2384 095

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