St. Thomas Chapel

Attraction St. Thomas College, Colombo, Sri Lanka Published on: 29-07-2016

1 hours 30 mins
07:30 AM - 01:30 PM
08:30 AM
10:00 AM
Second-time visit
Must see
0.00 USD

St. Thomas Chapel is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
St. Thomas Chapel is one of the most famous chapels in Colombo. It is a part of the St. Thomas Anglican Church and school by the same name.

Image copyrights belong to authors

Why St. Thomas Chapel is special ?

The chapel is famous for its breathtaking mural of transfiguration done by renowned Sri Lankan artist David Paynter. The chapel’s choir service that sings the carols during Christmas is equally famous among its patrons.


Selling points

  • Majestic College Church
  • Breathtaking Mural
  • One of the ancient place
  • Lovely choral music
  • Magnificent Church with a great School
A trip to Colombo for family with kids

Are you planning a trip to Colombo? Check out popular trips from our experts. Copy and make it to your own plan. Customize it Now!

3.0 days
62.96 USD
Total travel distance
Number of places
18 places




St. Thomas College, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Plan a trip to Colombo based on your personalized interests.

Tips for you

  • The church is closed on Sturday and Sunday.
  • Public transport is available up to Gale road and you can walk to this place.


TripAdvisor View more

The Chapel of Transfiguration of S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia is the home of the Thomian Choir, the oldest institution within S. Thomas' College. Shrouded in rich history and towering majestically on the highest hillock within the college, this chapel is a unique attraction for enthusiasts of history, architecture, religion and heritage. The cornerstone has been laid by the Bishop of Colombo on October 13, 1923, the Right Reverend Ernest Arthur Copleston. The exterior of this chapel is of Byzantine architecture. An imposing masterpiece of painting by David Paynter occupies the interior of the east wall behind the altar. The most renowned painter of his time, David Paynter completed this masterpiece in 1968 and has cleverly used the workmen and choristers that practised at the time as models in this mural. Another remarkable attribute of this mural is from wherever you look at it the eyes of Christ seem to follow you! Adjoining this you will find the Chapel Garden. It is home to rare and unique trees that are well maintained and carry sign boards indicating name information. This lovely garden is cool even during the hottest season and troops of Toque Mocaque, old-world monkeys endemic to Sri Lanka also seem to concur on this.

0 Comment

Itineraries include St. Thomas Chapel

Scroll to top