Melaka is the product of 500 years of trading and cultural exchanges between East and West in the Straits of Malacca. Many Asian and European influences brought to the city a unique multicultural identity that is manifested by a tangible and intangible heritage. With its government buildings, churches, squares and fortress, there are plenty of historical places to visit in Melaka.
St. Peter’s Church
St. Peter’s Church is one of the must visit places in Melaka for history lovers. The feature that makes it most interesting is that it is the oldest functioning Roman Catholic Church in Malaysia. St Peter’s Church was built in 1710 & it is one of the oldest Catholic Church in Malaysia. This church is a place where various celebrations such as Good Friday, Easter Sunday and the Feast of St. Pedro takes place.
The St. Peter’s Church is located at Jalan Tun Sri Lanang (formerly known as the Treasurer). The church site was donated by a Dutch official named Franz Amboer marked the end of the hostilities construction creed of the Catholic Church in Melaka. The design of the church is similar to the design of the church in Portugal.
To reach this place, you have to climb up the St. Paul Hill. But after arriving there, you could see the sights around Melaka from the top and you can read the history of this church so that you can know the origin of this church was built. Church St. Peter’s is among the main tourist attractions in Melaka. Not far from the Church of St. Peter’s is Dutch Graveyard, which is also an interesting place to visit. Access to the church St. Peter is a little bit uphill.
Built in 1710, the building has a characteristic mixture of Eastern and Western architecture. St. Peter’s Church is not too big but very unique and has a unique architectural style. The atmosphere in the church is very quiet and describes the atmosphere typical of the Church of the past. In front of the church there is a statue of the cross and the small garden pond depicting events of Jesus walking on water. This church is really beautiful and highly recommended for the tourists visiting Melaka.
There also stands a statue of the Lord before the Resurrection. The statue of Mary also stands in the compound of the church. This statue was erected on 29 June 1985 on the feast of St. Peter’s along with the 275th anniversary of the church. You may also spot 15 tombstones in its compound. Another interesting landscape in the compound is walk-through. It was built to depict the scene when Peter was asked by Jesus to walk across the water with him. Through this walk-through, visitors are invited to walk across the water.
Being the oldest functional Catholic Church in Malaysia, St. Peter’s Church hosts various traditional religious celebrations and festivals, particularly during the Holy Week. Visiting this church is a recommended activity for tourists in Melaka, especially if you want to witness an old Catholic Church present to-date.
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Address: Jalan Bendahara, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia
Phone: +60 6-283 6538