The beautiful Groote Kerk, which is also known as the Dutch Reformed Church is one of the most charming places of interest in the city of Galle. The grand colonial architecture of the church is truly quite breathtaking to behold. It is a prominent place of worship that is visited by large numbers of devotees throughout the year.
This glorious church is believed to have been built back in the year 1755 by the Dutch who were ruling the area during the time. It is known to be one of the oldest Protestant churches that are still being used today.
The church that you see today is in fact the third one to be built in the city, to serve the Dutch Reformed Church. This enchanting masterpiece is built on the highest point of the Galle Dutch Fort. It stands at 12 meters above sea level. Due to this reason, the church suffered no loss when the devastating tsunami hit the coastal regions back in the year 2004.
History of the Church
The foundation of the church is believed to have been laid back in the year 1682, but the building was completed only in 1755. Casparus de Jong, the Commander of Galle at the time and his wife Geertruyda Adriana Le Grand donated the money for the church and the construction work was speedily completed.
The Groote Kerk is built in the Doric style and resembles the famous Wolvendaal Church in Colombo. The ceiling of the church is believed to have been painted in blue back then, with golden stars studded on it. It was fully renovated in 2004.
When you explore the region you have to make a visit to this charming destination to marvel at its rich splendor. When you are traveling with Green Holiday Centre, it will be quite easy for you to visit and admire the key attractions of the country.