All Saints Church, Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

Situated within the Galle Fort, which was declared as a "WORLD HERITAGE SITE" in 1988 by UNESCO

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All Saint's Church, Galle is celebrating its 150th Anniversary on 21st February 2021
Under the guidance of the 2nd Bishop of Colombo the Rt. Rev. Piers Calverley Claughton and under the leadership of Revd. Dr. George Schrader, later Archdeacon of Colombo, the construction of the church building was commenced. In 1868 October 30th the laying of the foundation stone was held. 1871 February 21st the church building was consecrated by the Bishop Claughton for the glory of God and for worship services.

All those who step into this church whether foreign or local say that this is a magnificent church.
The Church building is being built according to the Gothic Architecture. The stained glass windows which depicts Bible stories of the Birth of Jesus, Baptism, crucifixion, resurrection and Pentecost and 4 granite stone pillars proves that it is a magnificent beautiful edifice, which is archeologically preserved.

A Thanksgiving Service will be held in February 2021 to mark the event. Fund raising projects will be held to raise the much needed funds. Mission services will be held to harness the spirituality of the congregation.
If you would like to contribute towards the anniversary fund please the use following details.

Account Name : All Saints' Church
Bank : Commercial Bank
Branch : Fort, Galle
Account Number : 1550002801
Swift Code : CCEYLKLX
Contact Person : Rev. John Marshall - Vicar/Archdeacon of Galle
Email :
+94 (0)912 234 224
The Buonavista Conference Centre in the Galle Deanery is in a bad condition due to years of neglect.
We are hoping to renovate this and the project cost is Rs.36 million.
Generous donations are welcome and more details could be obtained from the email address given below.

A/C No. 0160 000 17453001
Name of the A/C- Archdeacon of Galle
Bank- Seylan Bank, Galle

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Galle Fort
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Galle Fort
World Heritage Site
Construction of All Saints Church, Galle was begun in 1868. The church was consecrated in 1871, and still holds services today. It is built on a basilican plan, in Victorian Gothic Revival style but modified to suit local conditions.

The edifice of this church has withstood many monsoons and still stands out firm as a landmark of the historical Dutch fortress in Galle.

The plan of the Church is cruciform firmly supported on stone columns and arches carved beautifully in timber. Masonry arches built in local kabuk and lime mortar are strong enough to last many more years.

The heavy pews, with Jewish emblem of David's star, and sanctuary are all done of Burma Teak.

Thousands of tourists visit this beautiful church and admire this architectural masterpiece of the colonial era.

The "Church of Ceylon", which is the Anglican Church in Sri Lanka, was established with the appointment of its first Bishop, Rt. Rev James Chapman in 1845 as the Bishop of Colombo.

Until 1950 it consisted only of the Diocese of Colombo but a second diocese was established at Kurunegala in that year.

The Church of Ceylon is the second largest group of Christians in Sri Lanka, which is said to have held services way back since 1796.

Galle Fort, on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards.

It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more than 425 years maintains a polished appearance.

The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO and it was inscribed as a Cultural World Heritage Site in 1988.

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Contact:Archdeacon of Galle, Rev. John Marshall
Tel: +94 (0) 77 232 8395
Address: Archdeacon's Residence, No. 63,
Lower Dickson Road, Galle, Sri Lanka.
Sunday Services:
At present the main service in Sinhalese is held at 8.30 a.m. every Sunday, while a service in the English language is held at 11.00 a.m. on the second Sunday of each month.
Christmas Services:
24th December 2019, 11.30 p.m.
25th December 2019 - Holy Eucharist (English) - 11.00 a.m.

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