Photo: The rather austere facade of Melaka's Church of St Peter.

St Peter’s Church

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The founding of St Peter's Church, the oldest functioning Catholic church in Malaysia, marked the beginning of a more religiously tolerant society in Melaka (for a short time at least).

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After the Portuguese captured Melaka in 1511, until it fell to the Dutch in 1641, Melaka’s rule was assisted by the heavy hand of the Roman Catholic Church, but the tables turned with the Calvinist Dutch when Catholic churches were destroyed and practices were forbidden. Due to political changes in Europe and allegiances formed between the Dutch and Portuguese during the War of the Spanish Succession, religious freedom was proclaimed in Melaka. Not only were Catholics able to openly practice their faith, but it’s said that Melaka became a more tolerant place for all religions than it had ever been under the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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