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In this costal town, the Dutch presence is still visible. Galle was an ancient port (said to be the legendary Tarshish of the Bible), and our first international commerce and trade centre. Today, Galle is the bustling provincial capital and administrative centre of the south. It is famous for its lovely Unawatuna Bay, where the sea is reef protected and therefore safe for swimming.

The old Dutch Star fort (a World Heritages Site) covering 36 hectares, the well-preserved Groote Kerk (Dutch Church), Dutch Government House, the New Oriental Hotel (built in 1684) old bell tower and a tide-based Sewage-System, also introduced by the Dutch. In Galle they still make the Dutch pillo-lace and do fine ebony-carving and gem-polishing.




Present Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. Raymond Wickremasinghe

Diocesan Director

 Rev. Fr. Damian Arsakularatne


 5605.6 sq. km

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Name of 1st Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Van Reeth SJ

Name of 2nd Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. Gaston Robichez  SJ

Name of 3rd Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. Mario Laudaio SJ

Name of 4th Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. Anthony De Saram

Name of 5th Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. W. Don Sylvester

Name of 6th Bishop

 Most Rev. Dr. Harold Anthony Perera

Name of 7th Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. Raymond Wickremasinghe


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