Dutch Church, Kalpitiya, Kalpitiya

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  • This place quite small, but historical Need to visualize more information for visters No need to pay for entering 1 hour is enough for visiting  more »
  • Church was painted and restored but no signage or descriptions to describe any of its history. Clearly from the period of the times in 1666 but needs a lot more conservation.  more »
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  • Dutch Reformed Church Kalpitiya, Built 1642. The church was subsequently used by Anglican missionaries.The building was renovated around 1840, when a semi-circular porch with brick and plaster pillars with Corinthian capitals was added, together with three spires on its front gable. The roof of the church has since collapsed. The Belfry is original and is similar to the ones found in Galle and Colombo. Around the turn of the century the bell from the belfry, along with all the furniture from the church, was removed to an Anglican church in Puttalam.The original Dutch tombstones can still be found on the church's floor. For a long time the church fell under the management of the Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. In December 2010 formal ownership of the church was returned to the Dutch Reformed Church. Renovation of the building is proposed to be undertaken as part of the religious and cultural development of Kalpitiya.
  • In the midst of sand and surf, lies the ‘Calpenteyn’ or Kalpitiya Dutch Fort - a formidable symbol of the Dutch colonisation of the area and the economic capture of the Indo-Sri Lanka sea trade route by the Dutch East India Company. Today, however, it functions as the Vijaya naval base. In May of this year, a whole section of a wall fell apart due to heavy rains. It is yet to be repaired

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