Head up St Paul's Church for an area showcasing the city's colonial heritage. Climb the stairs and feel the air cooling: you'll see why the spot was such a popular place of development for the European colonial powers beginning in the early 16th century. Admire fine examples of colonial Portuguese and Dutch architecture, including the main church that passed between hands over the centuries and today stands as an attractive and evocative ruin. Enjoy the panoramic view of the city below and the coast stretched out beyond. Use our Melaka driving holiday planner to arrange your visit to St Paul's Church and other attractions in Melaka.
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Interesting piece of history from long ago. It is an uphill walk or you can drive up the hill and there is paid parking.
Interesting piece of history from long ago. It is an uphill walk or you can drive up the hill and there is paid parking. more »
Free entry, definitely worth visiting this historical landmark. It is a short but rather steep climb to the top. You can see the Melaka skyline from here.
Free entry, definitely worth visiting this historical landmark. It is a short but rather steep climb to the top. You can see the Melaka skyline from here. more »
A historic church building originally built in early 1500 by the Portuguese nobleman as an act of gratitude for surviving from a storm in the South China Sea. It's the oldest church building in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. The place where it's located is called St Paul's Hill, which forms part of the heritage museum area. It's a 5 minute walk up to the hill. The building looks abandoned and tourists are free to walk around inside. Within the building, there are several historical tombstones, records of people with Dutch ethnicity who lived in Malacca and some of Portuguese ethnicity from an earlier period. Within the covered area, there is a fenced around of an open grave which used to be buried with Catholic missionary St Francis Xavier's body after he passed away and his body was later shipped to Goa. In front of the ruined building, there is a now-defunct lighthouse, which consists mainly of a lantern and gallery mounted on an arched base and is solely accessible from ground level via a small ladder from the 1800s. There is also the statue of St. Francis Xavier right in front of the lighthouse.
St. Paul's Church Lighthouse also known as Malacca Light and it's located in St. Paul's Church, Bukit Melaka, Bandar Hilir, Malacca, Malaysia. The Malacca Light is an inactive lighthouse in Malacca City built with Watch Tower that's overlooking to Malacca River and the sea strait. An additional beacon in year 1849 by British for ships travelling along the Strait of Malacca. The lighthouse was eventually deactivated, the functionality diminished further as to Malaccan Harbour underwent land reclamation d uring the late 20th century. This building's now becomes a partial of Malacca City attractions.
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