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Colombo, the island's largest city, it's certainly the one phrase everyone knows and can say. While the city holds less obvious interest than many other parts of the island, it's still a colorful enough place and worth a visit to see what makes Sri Lanka tick.

Colombo is a relatively easy city to find your way around. To the north is the Fort district, the country's business centre, which has department stores, book shops, airline offices and is the site of the Central Bank, The World Trade Centre twin towers. There are also ample sights such as the clock tower, a former lighthouse, the president's residence and a cluster of colonial buildings which lend the district an aura of bygone Empire.

Immediately south of here is Galle Face Green, a seafront expanse of occasional green graced by cricket games, kite flyers and trysting lovers. Cinammon Gardens, further south, is Colombo's most fashionable neighborhood, with elegant mansions, tree-lined streets and the city's largest park.

Culture buffs shouldn't miss the National Museum, which has a good collection of historical works, the Art Gallery, which focuses on portraiture and temporary exhibits by local artists, and the city's many mosques and Buddhist and Hindu temples. After familiarizing yourself with Sri Lankan culture, check out the island's fauna at the Dehiwala Zoo. The highlight here is an afternoon elephant show. The closest real beach is at Mt Lavinia, a faded resort 10km south of the city.

 

DIOCESE

 COLOMBO

Present Bishop

 His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith (Archbishop)

Diocesan Director

 Rev. Fr. Kithsiri Tirimanne

Area

 3838.38 sq. km

No. of Catholics

 

No. of Parishes

123

No. of Churches

 336

No. of Diocesan Priests

 272

No. of Religious Priests

 43

No. of Rev. Sisters

 

No. of Convents

 

No.of Junior Seminarians

 

No. of Shrines

06

No. of Elder's Homes

 

No. of Children's Homes

 

Name of 1st Bishop

Most Rev. Dr. Christopher  Bonjean (1887 � 1892)

Name of 2nd Bishop

Most Rev. Dr. Andrew Melizan (1893 � 1905)

Name of 3rd Bishop

Most Rev. Dr. Antony Coudert (1905 � 1929)

Name of 4th Bishop

Most Rev. Dr. Peter Marque  (1930 � 1937)

Name of 5th Bishop

Most Rev. Dr. John Mary  Masson (1938 - 1947)

Name of 6th Bishop

 Most Rev. Dr. Thomas  Benjamin Cooray  (1947 � 1976)

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