Actually Slave Island is not an island; it’s situated just south of the city centre. Slaves were kept here until the 19th century, therefore it was generally known as the Slave Island. The official designation of the Church is Holy Rosary but it is popularly known as the “Infant Jesus Church”. The statue of “El Nino“, which is said to possess miraculous powers, therefore, it is a very popular devotion site. The church is y small, but quite beautiful. It has the typical feature of many Sri Lankan churches; broad open-air ‘aisles’ along the outside of the church, where additional crowds can sit, away from the heat and stuffiness inside the church, yet protected from sun and rain. The statue of “The Infant Jesus” is on the front left hand side of the Church, but a large similar model is placed over the top of the canopy at the entrance of the Church. On Jan 2, 2008, four people sere killed in a terror attack in front of the Church.