Dwellings of Faith: Art & Architecture of the Catholic Churches in the Galle Diocese
Key Words: Church Architecture,Religious Heritage,Architectural Documentation,Sri Lankan History,Missionary History
Church architecture in southern Sri Lanka evinces an affinity to the physical context rooted in a community of faith that created it and continues to nurture it. The book presents a record of catholic churches' art and architectural heritage in Southern Sri Lanka, which is not widely known outside the province. Care and attention have been given to presenting the details of twelve church buildings in the Southern province, from the majestic St. Mary's Cathedral (1874) in Galle to the quaint little Church of Our Lady of Sorrows (1867), Hambantota. Furthermore, the work describes the social and physical context from the Portuguese Padroado to the present day that gave rise to such a heritage.