Shrine of Our Lady of Matara, Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 Shrine of Our Lady of Matara is a Roman Catholic church devoted to the Virgin Mary in Matara. The shrine houses a statue of the Virgin Mary holding the infant Jesus. It’s claimed to be 400 years old.
Church legend claims that a large wooden crate was hauled out of the sea by Weligama fishermen. When it was opened, the statue was found inside, untouched by seawater. The fishermen handed it over to the parish priest and the statue was placed in St. Mary's Church in Matara.
On 26 December 2004 the tsunami in Asia damaged the shrine and killed 24 people attending Sunday Mass. Overall 30,000+ people died and one and a half million people were displaced from their homes. 📖 Travel writer
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