Conservation and renovation of the Dutch Reformed Church, Matara

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Conservation and renovation of the Dutch Reformed Church, Matara
Location
Continent Asia
Countries Sri Lanka
Sites Matara
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Status
Project duration 2006  till 2009
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Classification
Type of Project Care & Management
Discipline Conservation
Activity Sustainable development
Category Religious heritage
Keyword(s)
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.

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Project information

Objectives
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.


Result(s)
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.


Document(s)
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.


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Involved organisation(s)
Department of Archaeology Sri Lanka
ICOMOS Sri Lanka
Wolvendaal Church Foundation

Funding organisation(s)
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Colombo, 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



Involved expert(s)
R. L. Brohier
Senerath Dissanayaka
Prasanna B. Ratnayake
Antoinette Le Coultre

Experts referring to this project
Senerath Dissanayaka
Antoinette Le Coultre
Charles Norton Jans
Prasanna B. Ratnayake



Related Project(s)
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

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