Historic Buildings of the Dutch Reformed Church

Introduction

During the Dutch period a large number of churches were built. Most of the smaller ones, mainly in the villages, have fallen into disuse or are used for other purposes. Currently the Dutch (Christian) Reformed Church (DRC) operates 17 places of worship around the island, the most historic being the Wolvendaal Church in Colombo (the ‘Mother Church’ of the Protestant community), the Church in the fort of Galle (De Groote Kerk) and the Matara Church. The church in Matara is probably the oldest one, dating back to (at least) 1704.
This overview of historic buildings also includes the abandoned church in Kalpitya and the church in the fort of Jaffna (De Kruys Kerk). This monumental building has been totally demolished in 1990 by the Tamil Tigers during military operations in the peninsula.