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Religious Sites in Galle - See them all!

Galle is a beautiful beach city in the south coast of Sri Lanka. The city is filled with various religious sites, how many of these did you already know?


Sudharmalaya Temple

This is a graceful whitewashed place of veneration located in Western Galle. Built according to the traditional architecture and layout of a Sri Lankan Buddhist temple, it is features a prayer hall, a belfry, small stupa aging back to the 1800s and a statue of Lord Buddha. This is a peaceful setting with tranquil winds and the best place for a secluded evening. it is also quite significant that the temple hosts yoga classes open to the public.


Yatagala Rajamaha viharaya

This is a beautiful temple located in Unawatuna some miles away from Galle city. A day trip to Yatagala Rajamaha Viharaya is one of the best things to do in Unawatuna. The temple is only a few minutes away from Unawatuna Town so it's within easy reach of many resorts in the area such as Cantaloupe Levels. The temple grounds are built around a set of massive boulders consisting of a number of owl infested caves. These have been home to monks thousands of years ago. You can explore the caves, the pathways and cave temples hidden in the shadows. This is an exciting journey with serious India Jones vibes and a must see when in Galle.


Dutch reformed church

Located in the heart of Galle city this is majestic building dates back to the 1700's. the church floors are paved with gravestones. The grand hexagonal canopy on the ceiling is a majestic sight. Some other highlights of the premises include the striking calamander wood pulpit and the historic organ. The church is also home to a wooden memorial of Abraham Samlant, the former commander of Galle dressed in a slightly dilapidated white shirt. This is a quite bizarre sight, although the significance here is that this is said to be the shirt he was wearing when he was baptized.


Meeran Mosque

Situated in front of the lighthouse this is an architectural masterpiece. The perfect blend of baroque and Victorian architecture mixed with spectacular Islamic detail the Meeran Mosque is a wonderful sight along the coast of Galle. The premises appear as a Portuguese cathedral than a Muslim mosque. All visitors are not allowed to enter the mosque although mon Muslims can be invited in if dressed appropriately. The beautiful Mihrab located with striking domes and vibrant tiling is one of the best highlights of the premises.


All Saints Anglican church

This is another handsome church in Galle. Located within the Galle Fort the All Saints Anglican Church is a historic edifice dating back to the mid-19th century. The church was built with the initiation of the reverent James Chapman; the first Bishop of Colombo. It is built according to same style as this Victorian gothic structure and is home to timber arches with stunning wood carvings. Glorious stained-glass windows and graceful teak seating are some highlights of the premises.

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