Christ Church in Melaka

The Christ Church in Melaka is one of the most prominent buildings located at the Stadhuays or commonly called the Red Square. This entire area was built in 1650 when the Dutch ruled this oriental gem called Malacca back then. Nowadays, the Christ Church serves as a popular tourist stop along Jalan Laksamana and is one of Melaka's top attractions. Tee Red Square is also a couple of minutes walk to the famous Jonker Street in the UNESCO Core Heritage Zone here. 

The Christ Church which was built in 1753, is also an 18th-century Anglican church and is the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia. The church is also within the jurisdiction of the Lower Central Archdeaconry of the Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia.

Christ Church in Melaka

Originally the church started construction in 1741 and took 12 years to complete and this was in  commemoration of the centenary of the capture of Malacca from the Portuguese rule since 1511. The church is built in Dutch Colonial architecture style and is laid out in a simple rectangle of 82 feet (25 meters) by 42 feet (13 meters). The ceiling rises to 40 feet (12 meters) and is spanned by huge wooden beams, each carved from a single tree. The roof of the church is covered with Dutch tiles and the walls were raised using Dutch bricks built on local laterite blocks then coated with Chinese plaster. The floors of the church are paved with granite blocks originally used as ballast for merchant ships from back in the days. 

Unique note - The Christ Church bell is inscribed with the date 1698 suggesting that it was used for another purpose prior to the completion of the church. But no record of this other church can be found.

Church Service - There are still Sunday services held in this church with different languages which are English at 8.30am, Mandarin at 10.30am and Bahasa Malaysia at 4.30pm for those interested in attending the services. 

As Melaka will be host for the World Tourism Conference 2013 or WTC 2013 on the 21-23 October, therefore there will many tourism industry players and delegates in the city. You  can expect many of the Melaka attractions to to busy during that period. If you are visiting Melaka for the first time, you will most probably make a stop here to get your photo of the Christ Church in Melaka.

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