St. Paul's Church is located in the historical district of Kandy, Sri Lanka on sacred grounds west of the Temple of the Tooth.To visit The Church of St Paul on your holiday in Kandy, and find out what else Kandy has to offer, use our Kandy tour itinerary planning tool .
In 1825 the Bishop of Calcutta, Reginald Heber, visited Kandy with the Governor of Ceylon, Edward Barnes, to preach and conduct a confirmation service. He noted that the church services where being held in the former King of Kandy's Audience Hall, a location he associated with 'horrid cruelties'. Heber also recognised the need for a purpose built church to service the needs of the garrison and the local community.
In 1841 a public subscription list was established to fund the construction of the church.
In 1843 the British Government ceded a block of Crown land to the trustees of the church and their successors in order to construct a church in Kandy.
The foundation stone of the church was laid by the Bishop of Madras George Spencer on 16 March 1843 and whilst it was first used on 10 August 1846 construction work was still in progress. The church was primarily constructed out of solid terracotta bricks, manufactured at the Government brickworks. The church wasn't completed until 1852. The church was formally consecrated on 25 January 1853 (Feast day of the conversion of St. Paul) by the first Bishop of Colombo, James Chapman.
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My wife and myself are currently holidaying in Sri Lanka and this morning we visited the Dalada Maligawa Temple complex in Kandy (see separate Review). On leaving the complex, I noticed an impressive ... more »
I had my three grandsons christened at St Paul’s, the church where I was christened 60 odd years ago! St Pauls has been maintained beautifully and the stained glass window is something to behold...I h... more »
St. Paul's Church is an Anglican church in sri lanka. It is located near by Siri Dalada Maligawa. This church started in 1852. Losts of catholic people are visit this place. There is a watcher in this place and he is very helpful person. So any one can enter this place without any payments. Visitors who are coming to visit Siri Dalada Maligawa do not miss this place. Inside of church is very beautiful. If you enter this place remember to remove your caps, hats and shoes. Because this place is a religious place. Distance from main cities; Kandy - 1.5 km Colombo - 116 km
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