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St Paul's Church

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Phone: +60 4-226 0614

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St. Paul’s Church is located at Penang Hill at the mouth of the Malacca River (also known as Xishan, where the King of Manchuria, Baili Misula, once wrote the golden dragon on the mountain as a stone monument, and later renamed it as St. Paul’s Hill). It was built in 1521, Built by the Portuguese. The famous missionary St. Francis is buried here, and there is a statue of St. Francis priest in front of the church. After the Dutch occupied Malacca in 1670, they used the church as a castle. Today, many bullet holes are still visible on the outer wall. In 1753, the Dutch built another church, and St. Paul’s Church was used as a cemetery for the Dutch nobles, and some tombstones inscribed in Latin and Portuguese still remain. There is a crypt in the church, which was the temporary cemetery of Saint Francis in 1553.

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Sitting atop St. Paul's Hill in Malaysia's stunning A Famosa ruins, St. Paul's Church is a sight that no traveler in the country should miss. Constructed in 1521 by a Portuguese nobleman, the Church was abandoned from the mid-eighteenth century until it was discovered and excavated in the 1930's. Rather than reconstruct the Church, the Malacca Historical Society has left it in its decomposed state, creating a haunting tribute to the architects and leaders of centuries past. Various relics from the original site, including Portuguese tombstones from the 16th century cemetery, are on display within the interior of the Church.
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