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All Saints Anglican Church, Galle

All Saints Anglican Church Overview

Located inside the Dutch Fort in Galle on the Church Road is the All Saints Anglican Church- a prominent place of worship as well as a tourist attraction in the city. Its foundation was laid on October 30th, 1868 and consecrated in 1871.

 

History
The idea of establishing this church was given by the First Bishop of Colombo, Rt. Rev. James Chapman and the foundation was laid by the Second Bishop, Rev. Dr. Piers Calveley Claughton. Site of an old courthouse was selected for the purpose. It is believed that the present alter is where the gallows used to be. Rev. Dr. George Justus Schrader was appointed as the first vicar. As an acknowledgement of his contributions to the church, a large bell was hung from the center dome in 1876.

 

Architecture
Made in Victorian Gothic Revival style of architecture, the church was designed by J.G. Smithers, the architect who later designed the National Museum of Colombo as well. Slight variations to the traditional style were made to suit the local climate. The arches made of timer are beautifully carved and the heavy pews, the Jewish Star of David, and the sanctuary are made of Burmese teak.

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