Dutch Reformed Church
Built in the year 1706 by the Dutch Empire, the Dutch Reformed Church is one of the oldest operating protestant churches in the island, making it one of the more important places of worship in the island as well that showcases the multicultural identity of the island. Interestingly, the church is a smaller replica of the Dutch Reformed Church located in the Galle Fort, complete with the Doric architectural styles along with some Calvinist styles, which is another display of the heritage that is still very much seen in the southern coast of the island. While the exterior façade and the walls are an intricate piece of architecture, the interior explains the illustrious history of the place of worship.
Why You Should Visit
The interior of the Dutch Reformed Church contains some gravestones that explain the rich history behind the church and Matara as a whole during the colonial era. Many notable colonial officials are buried within the place of worship, including Dessaves Frans Willem Falck, who happened to be the father of Governor Iman Willem Falck. Come the festive season, and the church is lit in its festive colours making it an eventful and vibrant place that talks of long-standing traditions, co-existence, colonial heritage, and illustrious history all in one.