Sunday, January 25, 2015

Christ Church, Melaka

Perhaps the most photographed building in Melaka is the Christ Church and is the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia . Built in 1753 with bricks brought from Holland, the church sits at the heart of what is known as the Dutch Square. The Christ Church was repainted to more closely match the pinkish original bricks, starting a fashion trend for fa├žade colors in the vicinity.

Our tour guide pointed out its original door with characteristically large hinges. Overall, the interior was quite simple and unadorned. The pews, pulpit and windows were original.  Dark 30 foot beams spanned the ceiling, each from a single tree. Lining its floor are several tombstones written in Portuguese and likely from St. Paul's Church within the fortress.

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