Photo: Not so red on the inside.

Christ Church

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Melaka’s iconic red church presides over the historic Dutch Square, the centre of the UNESCO heritage-listed colonial quarter.

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To commemorate the centenary of the Dutch conquest of Portuguese Melaka in 1741, the foundation stone was laid for a new Dutch Reform Church, completed 12 years later. As with neighbouring Stadthuys, bricks and stone were shipped from the Netherlands as ballast in the otherwise empty hulls of the trading ships of the Dutch East Indies Company.

History underfoot. Photo taken in or around Christ Church, Melaka, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

History underfoot. Photo: Sally Arnold

In 1838 after Melaka was transferred to British rule, the church was re-consecrated with the rites of the Church of England and renamed Christ Church Melaka. Today it’s Malaysia’s oldest functioning Protestant church under the Malaysian Anglican Diocese. The striking red exterior features a triple-arched entry, a visual reference to the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)

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