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Wennappuwa

වෙන්නප්පුව
Town
Wennappuwa වෙන්නප්පුව is located in Sri Lanka
Wennappuwa වෙන්නප්පුව
Wennappuwa

වෙන්නප්පුව
Coordinates: 7°20′48″N 79°50′12″E / 7.34667°N 79.83667°E / 7.34667; 79.83667Coordinates: 7°20′48″N 79°50′12″E / 7.34667°N 79.83667°E / 7.34667; 79.83667
Country Sri Lanka
Province North Western Province
Time zone Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone (UTC+5:30)
Postal Code 61170[1]

Wennappuwa is a small town in Puttalam District, located in the North Western Province, Sri Lanka.

The village of Wennappuwa is mentioned in the Culavamsa' (pp 97) as a small farming hamlet. An old church made of wattle and daub, consecrated to St. Joseph was put up in Gangoda in 1850. Very Rev. Fr. Contentious Chounavel (OMI) a French Missionary the founder of the new St. Joseph's church arrived at Wennappuwa between (1861-1863 A.D.) There were only 300 families then. His sole intention was to gather those families whose staunch faith was strong and visible, under one roof. The roads were coming up and he realized that a new church should be built by the main road in order to accommodate the growing population.

The brother of Utuwankande Sura Saradiel of Mawanella, lived with his family at Haldanduwana [1] and learnt sculpture under Rev. Fr. Chounavel who was the Parish Priest of Haldanduwana and a master of sculpture. The great historical statue of St. Joseph on the front facade of the St. Joseph's Church Wennappuwa was sculptured by him.

The church (1880 AD), which is a symbol of unity and co-existence, stands by the Negombo-Chilaw main road in the heart of Wennappuwa town.

Wennapuwa is home to the Joseph Vaz College[2] and the Holy Family Girls' school.[3]

New wennappuwa town has more than 500 business men. The Wennappuwa Business association[4] is the Largest business association in Wennappuwa. It represent almost all business men in Wennappuwa. Recently they develop the lake near wennappuwa town.

References[edit]

  • The historical facts on Wennappuwa and the church were extracted from the magazine 'Siyawas Jubilee Samaruwa' published at the centenary celebrations in 1981. [2]