St. Paul's Church, Kandy

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St. Paul's Church
St Paul Church Kandy.JPG
Southern side of the church
Basic information
Location Kandy, Sri Lanka
Geographic coordinates 7°17′40.3″N 80°38′22.9″E / 7.294528°N 80.639694°E / 7.294528; 80.639694Coordinates: 7°17′40.3″N 80°38′22.9″E / 7.294528°N 80.639694°E / 7.294528; 80.639694
Affiliation Anglican, Church of Ceylon
Status Active
Architectural description
Architectural type Church
Architectural style Neo-Gothic
Direction of façade towards west
Backside (eastern side) of the church

St. Paul's Church is located in the historical district of Kandy, Sri Lanka on sacred grounds west of the Temple of the Tooth.

Construction began in 1843 and was completed in 1848. The church was later enlarged in 1878 and 1928.[1] It was consecrated in 1853 and was meant to be a symbol of British power.[2] As it was first used by British officials and the British Garrison,[3] it has been called the Garrison Church.[4]

The architectural style is Neo-Gothic, and the interior is a piece of English Victoriana.[5]

It is an anglican church, affiliated to the Church of Ceylon.[6] The Reverend Neil Van Dort was Vicar at St Paul's Church in 2013.[7]

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  1. ^ Gunther, Michael. "St Paul's Church". Kingdoms of Sri Lanka. Old Stones: The Monuments of Art History. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "St Paul's Church". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Kandy: Seeking The Unseen". Explore Sri Lanka. September 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  5. ^ The Rough Guide to Sri Lanka, Gavin Thomas, Rough Guides, 2012, p. 219.
  6. ^ "St Paul's Church, Kandy". Diocese of Kurunegala. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Death Acknowledgements". Sunday Observer. 13 October 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 

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