Conservation and renovation of the Dutch Reformed Church, Matara
|Conservation and renovation of the Dutch Reformed Church, Matara|
|Project duration||2006 till 2009|
|Type of Project||Care & Management|
|VOC, Religious Building, Sri Lanka, Built Heritage, Conservation, Restoration|
The church is estimated to be about 300 years old and is reformed by the Dutch during 1697 and onwards. The building is located in Matara where it functions a huge tourist attraction. Unfortunately, the church was struck by the huge Tsunami wave in 2004. Consequently, the strength of the building is in bad condition and needs to be conserved. Furthermore, the original pew, the lectern and original floor have been damaged. The electrical wiring is also in need of renovation.
To bring historic living monuments back to its former historical condition by conserving the monument thus enhancing its architectural and heritage value and assist the owners and the users of the building for its continuation.
All conservation activities of the main building are completed. Restoration of the parapet wall and landscaping of the surroundings are yet to be done utilizing the balance funds. The Dutch Reformed Church administration will formulate their own plans to maintain the building and to have an operational plan for future sustenance. The conserved building was handed over to the church administration on 25th of July 2008.
Integrated Plan for Conservation, Preservation and Development of Cultural Heritage Sites and Tourism promotion in the Southern Region within the concept of ‘A Cultural Triangle in the South’ under the Netherlands-Sri Lanka Cultural Cooperation Programme 2006/2009. Ministry of Cultural Affairs and National Heritage, 2006, Sri Lanka.
|Organisations referring to this project|
|Department of Archaeology Sri Lanka|
|Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|ICOMOS Sri Lanka|
|Wolvendaal Church Foundation|
|Experts referring to this project|
|Antoinette Le Coultre|
|Charles Norton Jans|
|Prasanna B. Ratnayake|
Integrated Plan for Conservation, Preservation and Development of Cultural Heritage in the Southern Region within a concept ‘A Cultural Triangle in the South’ under the Netherlands-Sri Lanka Cultural Cooperation Programme 2006/2009