Though a Catholic cathedral, St Anthony's Shrine represents a welcoming and important pilgrimage place for Hindus, Buddhists, and Christians alike. The 19-century church stands on the site where Friar Anthony--persecuted by the Dutch authorities as a Catholic--performed a miracle by making the sea recede. Visitors of all faiths come to celebrate the intriguing and mystical history here. Tuesdays, dedicated to St. Anthony, tend to be the busiest, with masses held throughout the day. While this may offer the ideal opportunity to see the church at its best, visiting at other times will afford a quieter experience. Plan to visit St Anthony's Shrine and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Colombo attractions using our Colombo trip maker tool .
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Very peaceful Catholic church in the Archdiocese of Colombo in Sri Lanka. People from every religion worship here. This is a blessed placed for Sri Lankans. more »
St. Anthony's Shrine is a Roman Catholic church in the Archdiocese of Colombo in Sri Lanka. People from every religion they worship here. People make wishes here. This is a blessed placed for Sri Lank... more »
Restoring to shrine and the church premises are getting over to reopen the church for the public worship on the the 12th June 2019. This the chariot procession of St Anthony will not take place due to security reasons. However con celebrated high mass will be offered in the morning to mark the St. Anthony's feast.
A very very sacred & popular church in Sri Lanka. I understand that people of many other faiths go to this church & I my self saw a muslim lady in this church when I was in the church last year & all this says that there is something very special in church. I go to this church most of the times when I am in Sri Lanka. This church has a long history. You will also find a small museum on the side of the church with some history. Please visit this church & feel it yourself.
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