Our Lady of Refuge Church


This unusual structure looks like a whitewashed version of a Gloucestershire village church.

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1. Clock Tower

0.34 MILES

An architectural curiosity, the spindly Clock Tower has a Moorish domed top, which makes it look like it belongs somewhere in North Africa. It was erected…

3. St James' Church

0.41 MILES

This is the grandest church in Jaffna, a classical Italianate edifice used by Anglicans that dates to 1827.

4. Subramaniam Park

0.41 MILES

An elegant modern park with impressive fountains. It reopened in 2010 after war damage was repaired. It has a fun children's play area.

5. Jaffna Public Library

0.44 MILES

Tellingly, one of the first major buildings to be rebuilt after the 2002 ceasefire was Jaffna's Public Library. It had been burnt down by pro-government…

6. St Mary’s Cathedral

0.58 MILES

Built by the Dutch along classical lines in the 1790s, St Mary’s Cathedral is astonishingly large, but it’s curious to see corrugated-iron roofing held up…

7. Jaffna Archaeological Museum

0.59 MILES

This small, unkempt but interesting museum is hidden away at the end of a messy garden behind a concrete events hall. At the door are a pair of rusty…

8. Jaffna Fort

0.67 MILES

Long the gatehouse of the city, the vast Jaffna fort, overlooking the Jaffna lagoon, has been fought over for centuries. Today you can wander its walls,…