Photo: Melaka's rather haunting St Paul's Church.

St Paul’s Church

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Crowning the peak of St Paul’s Hill, the rather haunting roofless ruin of St Paul’s Church is not only one of Melaka’s most fascinating sights,but it also offers a fine view over the historic city.

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The church began as a simple Catholic chapel built in 1521 by a Portuguese sea captain, Duarte Coelho, in gratitude for survival from either storms or pirates (accounts are unclear) on the South China Sea. The Jesuit Saint Francis Xavier visited several times during the course of his missionary voyages throughout the archipelago, and on one of these occasions he acquired the church’s deed for the Bishop of Goa, India.

Inside what's left of the church today. Photo taken in or around St Paul’s Church, Melaka, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

Inside what's left of the church today. Photo: Sally Arnold

His evangelising led to the establishment of a Jesuit school at the chapel. Saint Francis returned to Melaka posthumously when his body was temporally interred in the church en route from his place of death in China, before being shipped to Goa. Said to be the Saint’s final miracle, the body allegedly showed no sights of ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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