Saint Paul's Church is a historic church building in Malacca City, Malaysia that was originally built in 1521, making it the oldest church building in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. It is located at the summit of St. Paul's Hill and is today part of the Malacca Museum Complex comprising the A Famosa ruins, the Stadthuys and other historical buildings.
The original structure was a simple chapel built in 1521 dedicated to the Virgin Mary and known as the Nossa Senhora da Annunciada (Our Lady of the Annunciation). The chapel was built by a Portuguese fidalgo or nobleman, Duarte Coelho, as an act of gratitude following his escape from a storm in the South China Sea.
Isabelle Tran | Mar 3, 2018
Worth a visit to see the architectural remains with good views of the city. It’s a pity it’s not well maintained - dirty, many hustlers selling souvenirs and food, even inside the church itself. No security to protect the monument, I saw tourists climb and sit on windowsills for photos. A shame...
Charlotte Lemay | Feb 14, 2018
Little walk to get to the top with multiple stairs. Nice view from there. The old ruin is pretty nice and it's a good spot to take a little break from the walk because of the breeze.
David Sarkies | Mar 4, 2018
Remains of the old Dutch church that sits atop the hill. Also a graveyard and some great views. Not surprisingly there are lots of tourist stalls here as well.
Stephen Chin | Dec 7, 2017
This is the ruins of an old church, built during the Portuguese era. It is quite well maintained - whatever is left of it, that is. Grave stones adorn the inner walls indicating the people who were buried there in the past. There is a statue of Jesuit missionary St Francis Xavier in front, and the right wrist is missing, similar to the actual remains of the saint, whose hand was cut off as a religious relic. On Dec 3, the feast day of the saint, a Catholic mass is held at this site.
Rony Suleman | Jan 23, 2018
The beauty of this church is still emanating from the rest of the remaining debris. many tourists come to this place to enjoy the rest of the ruins and take some photos. often found Pre-Married couples come to take photos around this building. a time when the English Colonist came, this place used as a weaponry that causes the damaged, and until now this church building has been deliberately un-restored. the remains of St Francis xavier were laid here once, before being moved permanently in Goa, India.
George Gavrilita | Mar 20, 2018
Free access which only requires some 5' of climbing steps on a hill to very interesting ruins. There isn't much effort to preserve them, so I hope increased tourism would change the situation.
T. Spark | Apr 3, 2018
A historical remain but also a cool place to enjoy around! It's very lovely and definitely a good place for taking pictures. If you have a sense of beauty you probably wouldn't get bored even just looking at these marvellous structures. I like to be absorbed into the ambience here.
John Chin | Apr 27, 2018
Like the place. A historical of malacca. It tell the remain of the building after the war at the dutch era. Building are well maintained. Informative
Huang Wzhong | May 9, 2018
the old historical ruined church located at the top of hilly terrain. at the observation place, we can see the stunning panoramic scenery view of Malacca strait in the far distance. actually, from this place, we can take a short walking step to see several museums that has located quite near each other in walking distance.
Stanley Ph | May 28, 2018
Beautiful historical church, which is definitely worth going if you are in Melaka. This is also a textbook historical location of Malacca, which was constructed many years ago when Malacca was still undeveloped. At present as it is, it is still an iconic structure, which you won't find a second one in the world, and is a good site for taking photos! Bring more water, it can be very hot up here.
HH Liew | Jun 8, 2018
The ruins of the church and fort can be accessed via the back of the Muzium Sejarah dan Etnografi Melaka, and the steps have railings and you get to see the coastline appearing as u climb up to the church ruins. Do spend time to look at the gravestones and read the inscriptions. The view can be stunning especially sunset.
Arthuro Secuya | Jun 21, 2018
It’s a must to go when in Malacca. Historical structure that went through several use over time. The laterite stone it is made of is just awesome. It’s rusty color and tactile texture is amazing. Despite it being a ruin one can still feel the spiritual ambience of the place. The upturned grave makers showcases the skillfulness of the stone carvers that time. It’s only several steps up the hill. Just make sure your hydrated as it gets too hot and humid up there.
Sean Clair | Jun 25, 2018
Interesting thing to see. It's a nice close walk from the city centre but the church isn't as marvelous as many old churches around the world. Also the city "view" from up top is nothing spectacular. If you are in Melacca, definitely go see this but I wouldn't go out of my way travelling to the town just for this. It's free so that's a bonus!
yolanda Fitra | Jun 30, 2018
As the first Catholic church in SEA, this place have a nice view. You can see the beach from here (that's why this church also used as a light house back then and now as a cemetery), a shady place to hide fron Mallacca's sun. Sadly there's no chair to sit around the hill and so little information in there.
Nancy E | Aug 8, 2018
This church is interesting for the historical significance of it. It was interesting to see the different tombstones in the church ruins. I came in the late afternoon, so the lighting was beautiful.
Cipoell Hakim | Jul 21, 2018
For budget traveler, this place is alternative to get city view from above. Instead of riding Menara Taming Sari and paying amount of money, we can climb to the top of St. Paul’s Hill. On the top of hill there are ruins of beautiful old chapel. Its a great combination views of modern and historical Melaka.
Reejem Gonzales | Aug 9, 2018
A bit of Catholic historical footprint in a diversed city of Melaka. Remarkable remains that have been preserved over time. It can be accessed thru the city hall which is a better hike and from A'Fomosa which requires some climb over the stairs. Great view also up in the hill overlooking the Dutch district including Taming Sari
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