St. Sebastian’s Church Negombo – One of the Island’s Most Beautiful Churches

The Negombo area of Sri Lankan is widely known for its Catholic majority, so it comes as no surprise that some of the island’s most beautiful churches are situated here.

St. Sebastian's Church Negombo | Image Credit - Bernard Gagnon, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

St. Sebastian’s Church Negombo | Image Credit – Bernard Gagnon, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Background

The design of the church was conceptualised by Father G.Shannon, was a parish priest at Sea Street, which is situated close to the metropolitan area of Colombo. The foundation stone, however, was laid by the Archbishop of Colombo at the time, Pierre-Guillaume Marque.

St. Sebastian’s Significance

St.Sebastian is considered the patron saint of Negombo, so there are many churches in the district that were built in his honor. Out of these many churches though, this is the most significant.

The Festival

Every 20th of January an annual festival is held in memory of St.Sebastian, and it takes place within this church. During the course of this festival, processions are formed to feed the poor. A decorated flagstaff is also commonly placed within the premises of the church.

Location

The church is situated in Negombo city, along the eponymous street. It is a mere 6km from the island’s international airport. Since it is close to the Colombo-Chilaw-Puttalam highway, one can easily it reach from Marawila hotels as well, such as Amagi Beach.

Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.

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Flying in a Seaplane to the Maldives – A Unique Flying Experience!

Get on board for a unique and enthralling flying experience on your vacation to the Maldives! Immerse yourself in spectacular bird’s eye view of the pristine blue waters and white sand beach islands of the archipelago of Maldives on your way to your resort.

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Overview

The Maldives, being an archipelago of islands is one of the best tourist destinations in the world. The country is comprised of a collection of islands and various transportation methods are used to travel from one island to the other. Among them, transportation by seaplanes is the most convenient and quickest way to travel from one place to the other in the Maldives.

Pros

As mentioned earlier this is one of the fastest modes to travel between the Maldives resorts and other inhabited islands. Apart from this, seaplane transfer offers you a chance to indulge in spectacular aerial views of Maldivian atolls and islands. Unlike other flight travels, the landing and taking off process is smooth and you will not even feel the stress while you touch down the water.

Cons

The major disadvantage of seaplane travel in the Maldives is you cannot carry more luggages. Unlike other commercial aeroplanes, seaplanes are much smaller and the room you get is very confined this restricts the amount of luggage you are allowed to carry during your travel and the other disadvantage is they cost far more than any other transportation methods in the Maldives.

Booking a seaplane transfer

Most resorts in the Maldives like the Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas offer seaplane transfers and the fare charges are included in your final invoice but if your resort does not provide this facility, you can book seaplane transfers online or by contacting the company directly.

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The Grand Palace Bangkok – The Historical Refuge of Past Kings

The monarchy of Thailand is famous world-wide, and the present ruling family has been in power for several centuries. This compound was also built around the time the current monarchy rose.

The Grand Palace Bangkok| Img via Wikimedia CommonsCC BY 3.0

The Complex

There are several buildings within the palace complex and each of these is incredibly beautiful in their own way. Several pavilions, halls and other lavish structures are featured in a compound with a network of immaculately maintained gardens and courtyards.

Temple of the Emerald Buddha

This is one of the most reputed tourist attractions in the nation and it happens to be found within this compound. Although it is commonly referred to as a temple, it is actually a chapel, and doesn’t feature any living quarters for monks.

Mount Kailasa

This was the mythical residence of Lord Shiva, and this replica of it was built during the time of King Rama IV. It was mainly utilised to host a royal practice known as the sokan ceremony, also referred to as the Royal Tonsure Ceremony.

Visitor’s Information

The Grand Palace Complex is open daily from 8:30 am till 3:30 pm, and is situated along Na Phra Lan Road in Rattanakosin. It is quite close to many places of accommodation, such as Adelphi Suites, which is a service apartment in Bangkok.

 

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