St. Mary's Cathedral, Jaffna

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#12 of 12 in Historic Sites in Jaffna
St. Mary's Cathedral (புனித மரியன்னை பேராலயம்; ශාන්ත මරියා ආසන දෙව් මැදුර Śānta Mariyā Āsana Dev Mædura) is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jaffna located in Gurunagar, a suburb of Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka.The cathedral is also known locally as Periye Kovil.HistoryConstruction of St. Mary's Church began in 1789 and was completed in 1794. The first parish priest was Rev. Fr. Leonard Rebeiro. The church was built on the site of a thatched house that had previously served as a worshipping place for Jaffna's Catholics. By the early twentieth century the church, which was now a cathedral, had become too small to accommodate all its worshippers. Construction of a new cathedral began in 1939 but wasn't completed until 1975. To visit St. Mary's Cathedral and other attractions in Jaffna, use our Jaffna trip app .
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  • This one of the oldest cathedrals in Srilanka. A well maintained cathedral. This next to the St.Patricks college . The architecture is beautiful.  more »
  • I am attending Mass here every Saturday at 5PM. As of now a Spanish priest (I was told) celebratemass in English. Not so many people attend about 50 or so for a place that can occupy at least 500. I.....  more »
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  • It is really nice to be here in this cathedral. It is situated in between Jaffna Bishop house and St.Patrick's College. It is a calm and peaceful place. It has two short side wings on the opposite sides of the main church. It is very large and tall. Has good ventilation and also has fuctional electric fans.
  • Good church Every sunday mass here
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