The Methodist Church came to Sri Lanka and Galle with the English colonists of the 18th century. Settlers began building this church as a school, which remains open to this today. When we went, it was during summer holidays, but there were still plenty of children doing activities, playing games, and going to church services in their school uniform, probably the only really presentable clothing they own. It's a main point in the colonial center, parts of which can get a bit dull at times. It was great to teaching English to the children and getting to hear their curious questions about your name and where you come from, even if they weren't sure of where it was on a map or even if they fully understood your answers.
The Catholic Church has a dynamism that many European churches would envy. It was full of children because it was the holidays, probably attending summer classes. Since the beginning of European settlement, the town of Negombo has been mostly Catholic. Now, the number of Catholics is more than 90% of the population, a unique case in Sri Lanka. It is even called "Little Rome" by the fervor of the people. The oldest churches were constructed by the Portuguese and the Dutch, but the town now has a lot of modern churches in general.
The town of Negombo, north of Colombo, is one of the few town with a Catholic majority. The Church of San Sebastian is on the street of the same name, and it runs from the hotels to the colonial eart of town. San Sebastian is a fairly new church, which was constructed instead of a smaller, older one, and the Catholic community grew. Still, we went around 7 in the morning and the place was packed, with there were even people there to attend morning mass. Inside, the works of art are more modern and some are not so appreciated in Europe, which is normal.
There´s a familiar building next to the temple of Natha Devale amidst elephants and Buddhist temples: a church! In a country that did not keep the religion of the original settlers (like the Latin American countries), a church is an interesting thing to see here. The island was colonized by the Portuguese, Dutch and finally the British, who began to build the church of St. Paul in 1843, nearly 30 years after Sri Lanka was colonized. It was later enlarged first in 1878 and then again in 1928. It was originally a church for the army and the British troops who were stationed in Kandy. It´s rather simple but worth a visit just to see the way it stands out.
St Mark's Church was founded in 1857 and recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. At the junction of Badulla which has the clock tower in the center. You appreciate the small cemetery where the first settlers of the English community are buried. The British arrived in Sri Lanka in the eighteenth century and gradually took cities from the Dutch. They came by boat with poor conditions so many were sick, and some did not arrive alive. Many also died because they were unaccustomed to tropical diseases. The church is rather a small chapel of colonial style. As the Anglican community is small it isn't open all the time. I liked its white steeple but unfortunately it was closed.
The diocese of Badulla was built fairly recently, it dates back to the year 1972. Before that the village had a Catholic community, but it was very small. The Catholic church was built behind the Anglican church of St Mark. It is a fairly basic construction. The interior is simple and humble. The facade has two twin towers, with a steeple, and vitrales classics, in a flower shape. The church is painted yellow but it needs a renewal. The town's main religion is Buddhist, but with colonization, there is also a large group of Catholics.