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gangaramaya temple

The Gangaramaya Buddhist temple is a beautiful and vibrant temple with a history that dates back over 2,000 years. This temple was said to have been built in the 19th century by a trader and ship owner named Don Bastion, who had played a leading role in reviving Buddhism.

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Located about 06 miles away from Colombo, the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya is one of the most significant Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. The temple had been built more than 2000 years ago and contains images of reclining and preaching Buddha along with frescoes depicting incidents from his life.

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There are several Hindu temples which are called Kovils in Colombo. On Sea Street in Pettah is the Kathiseran Temple dedicated to the war god Skanda. Built of South Indian granite is the Sri Ponnambalam-Vaneswaram temple,in Koch-chikade, three km north of Fort.

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Wolvendaal church is one on the oldest churches built during the Dutch era in 1749. The interior is decorated with Dutch furniture with the wooden carved pews, chairs, pulpit and lecterns.

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St. Peter’s Church near the Grand Oriental Hotel used to be the Dutch Governor’s Banquet Hall until it was first used as a church in 1804. On Galle Road next to the Cinnamon Grand Hotel is the St. Andrew’s Scots Kirk, built in 1842.

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Two famous and starkly contrasting mosques in Colombo are the red and white candy striped Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque dating to 1909 and the gray and more traditional Memm Harnafi M mosque at Dr C.W.W Kannangara Mawatha.

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