St. Paul’s Church is a historic church in Melaka that was originally built in 1521. It is located at the summit of St. Paul’s Hill.
We walked through the city and stumbled on this sign… We decided to climb the hill to see what the old church look like.
Up, up and up…
In the heat, we got quite sweaty while climbing the stairs the top of the hill.
The view of Melaka is breathtaking.
St. Paul’s Church
Built by a Portuguese Captain, this church was formerly a chapel for the Portuguese and it was named “Nosa Senhora” – Our Lady of the Hill. Although these ruins have been standing on top of the summit of St. Paul’s Hill in Melaka for centuries, the strong thick walls still remind one of the magnificence architecture of the chapel.
“This slab marks the grave of Frau Van Riebeek, wife of John Van Riebeek, founder of Cape Colony. The original grave stone was removed to Cape Town in 1915.”
When the Dutch’s Christ Church was completed, St. Paul Hill no longer played its role as the praying place and the Dutch turned it into a burial ground and graveyard.
Several monumental tombstones, with Dutch words engraved on it were leaned against the wall in the church. The tombstones and the graveyards nearby were places for the Dutch to mourn their ancestors while they settled down in Melaka centuries ago.
Outside the church were stalls selling souvenirs.
The church exploration was peaceful, and quite interesting.