Dutch Reformed Church

The Dutch Reformed Church of the Galle fort, also known as the Groote Kerk, is one of the oldest Protestant churches still in use on the island. It was built by the Dutch in 1755 and is paved with tombstones from the old Dutch cemetery. The church garden itself is beautiful and haunting, with lush grass in the center flanked wall to wall by stone tablets.
Here are some photos of this startling church which is, for obvious reasons, one of the most visited places in the fort.Originally built in 1640, the present building dates from 1752 to 1755. Its floor is paved with gravestones from the old Dutch cemetery (the oldest dates from 1662); the friendly caretaker will tell you where remains are held in the walls and under the floor. The organ from 1760 still sits in the building and the impressive pulpit, made from calamander wood from Malaysia, is an imposing piece. It also makes for a shady place to pause.

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