St. Sebastian’s Church
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St. Sebastian’s Church

St. Sebastian’s Church
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  • Victorianlad
    Melbourne, Australia17,460 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well attended Mass
    I attended the 1700 hours Sunday afternoon Mass that I'd been told would be in English, but was in Sinhalese. It wasn't apparent when I looked around five minutes after the Mass started, as I couldn't see the pews at right angles to the altar, but given the numbers who presented for Communion, I guessed between 350 and 400 attended. Impressive when considered Negombo has 25 Catholic Churches, most with multiple Masses on a Sunday. The architecture is attractive. The altar is spacious and had Lenten signage hung from the high ceiling. Fans were switched on (though a couple did not work) and provided a little relief from the fairly hot weather. Thankfully it didn't seem hugely humid. At the Mass' conclusion, the priest spoke for too long about numerous announcements. However most parishioners remained to hear these. Overall a prayerful, peaceful Church. Not a must visit if you're not Catholic but pleasant inside.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 March 2024
  • laczkozsu
    Debrecen, Hungary2,186 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Catholic Church
    There are more than 20 catholic church in Negombo. We visited this nice one, which was built about 1930 in Gothic style. As I know St. Sebastian is the patron saint of Negombo. The church was quiet and peaceful after the noisy and heavy traffic. It’s worth a short visit.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 April 2024
  • Enri Glay
    New York City, New York5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ancient Church
    St. Sebastian’s Church, located on Sea Street in Colombo, Sri Lanka, is a prominent Roman Catholic church with a rich history and cultural significance. It is named after St. Sebastian, a Christian martyr and saint. The church is known for its Gothic architecture, vibrant community activities, and annual feast which draws numerous devotees and visitors. The Sea Street area itself is a bustling part of Colombo, contributing to the church’s prominence in the region. Would you like more detailed information on its history, architecture, or community activities?
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 June 2024
  • Let's Go Sightseeing
    Noida, India2,906 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Admirable Beauty
    Negombo is called ‘Little Rome’ due to its several churches and Portuguese - Dutch influence. The St. Sebastian’s Church was, unfortunately, a site of the Easter Bomb Blast. When I saw its terracotta rooftop, I could not help admiring its beauty. It was outlined by palm trees. The architecture of the St. Sebastian’s Church reminded me of images of medieval churches I had seen.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 July 2024
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Kai Wah
Malaysia3,579 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We came here on our last day in Sri Lanka as we had evening flight back to our country. This is a peaceful church with Gothic revival style and built since 1930s and dedicated to St Sebastian who is considered a martyr in the history of Catholic Church. It took 10 years to complete the church. Not a must visit, but still worth a short visit if you have time to kill during your stay in Negombo.
Written 27 March 2020
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Let's Go Sightseeing
Noida, India2,906 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Solo
Negombo is called ‘Little Rome’ due to its several churches and Portuguese - Dutch influence. The St. Sebastian’s Church was, unfortunately, a site of the Easter Bomb Blast.

When I saw its terracotta rooftop, I could not help admiring its beauty. It was outlined by palm trees. The architecture of the St. Sebastian’s Church reminded me of images of medieval churches I had seen.
Written 12 July 2024
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laczkozsu
Debrecen, Hungary2,186 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
There are more than 20 catholic church in Negombo. We visited this nice one, which was built about 1930 in Gothic style. As I know St. Sebastian is the patron saint of Negombo. The church was quiet and peaceful after the noisy and heavy traffic. It’s worth a short visit.
Written 19 April 2024
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jeff1955malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia6,131 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
The St Sebastion cburch is within the city. The architure is nice with two doms on either side. They conduct service everyday
Written 11 October 2023
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KPLLCF
La Canada Flintridge, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
I was able to visit San Sebastián on September 6, 2019. There were 4 military personnel guarding the entrance, but no metal detectors. As you can see from my photo, renovations appear to be almost complete. The military has rebuilt the church and they’ve been able to do so quite quickly. There is a small section on the floor in the middle of the left row covered with glass to show where the suicide bomber entered. A memorial is in the courtyard with the names of the nearly 100 victims. The church is in a quiet residential neighborhood and my guide pointed out all the For Sale signs as many people are choosing to leave the area. A very somber experience, but well worth a visit to pay ones respect to all those who perished.
Written 9 September 2019
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MarkThamel
Negombo, Sri Lanka119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
In tripadvisor page it says that this was the church that got attacked in april 21 . Whuch is wrong . It is not this St.Sebastian's church . This church iis open and they have services everyday .
The church which was attacked also a St.Sebastian's church which is in Katuwapitiya about 4Kilometers away from this church.
Written 22 December 2019
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Viaggi2000
Switzerland14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
The Catholic communtiy in Negombo is vibrant, numerous and devout. Of the churches there, St Sebastian's has the most inspiring community, the most welcoming and outgoing involvement with the town and all its people Its priests are dedicated not only to parish work, but also to education, to charity. Services are inspiring, the music, the participation, the processions and ceremonies of the liturgical year, colourful and very moving. Sadly, as I write this review Negombo is grieving, San Sebastiano attacked by a heartless act which has torn at the heart of its community. It will recover, so strong is the dedication of its priests, the commitment and - sheer joy expressed in music, in words, in prayer - of its lay people,.
Visit and remember. You too will be uplifted when you leave and, later, will recall your time spent there.
Written 21 April 2019
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ralphrulach
London, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Friends
Well built (to the glory of God) in the gothic style, and well maintained.I have known this area for over 60 years and have seen improvements over the years. I last visited in January 2018. St Sebastian is the patron saint of Negombo and much venerated by the fishing communities in and around Negombo. If you go on a Sunday, or during celebration of the feast, you cannot but be impressed by the devotion.
Written 13 February 2018
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chari_9018
Colombo, Sri Lanka101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Sadly, we couldn't check the inside of the church as it was closed till 4pm ( we went there at 12PM) but this allowed us to stroll the grounds and take some awe inspiring pictures of church from the outside. it disheartened me to see the amount of trash that was lying around this beautiful church, people really need to be alot more mindful of their surrounding and environment. the Church seemed to be designed in a Gothic style on the lines of the Reems Cathedral in France.Since we own a mini cooper we asked the Father if it would be alright to take pictures of the car in front of the church, we wanted to make sure we asked for permission as this is a holy ground and we wanted to be respectful, the Father very graciously allowed us to do so, so it the church being closed worked in our favour. i would definitely put this as a must visit place in negambo it's alot more impressive than St Mary's church and I don't think this church gets the credit it deserves.
Written 29 August 2017
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Dushi-NY
NY, NY6,435 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
The largest concentration of Catholic Churches in Sri Lanka can be found in Negombo. We had initially planned on stopping by and taking a peek inside but ended up staying for over half an hour because a wedding was taking place. It was fun watching the kids running around in their gowns and tuxedoes, the bridesmaids in bright red saris, the beautiful bride in a Western style white gown, and the excited friends and family members posing with the happy couple.
Written 7 March 2019
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