St. Paul’s Church in Malacca

The ruins of St. Paul’s Church rest on the top of St. Paul’s hill overlooking Malacca (UNESCO world heritage site).

Interior of the ruins of St. Paul's Church (there is no roof)

Interior of St. Paul’s Church. All photos by John Hunter, see more of my photos of Malaysia.

The is part of the Malacca Museum Complex comprising the A Famosa ruins, the Stadthuys and other historical buildings.

Overlooking A Famosa ruins from St. Paul's Hill

Overlooking the A Famosa ruins (about in the center of the photo) from St. Paul’s Hill.

The original church was a simple chapel built in 1521.

Interior of St. Paul's Church, looking to city through doorway (no doors)

View of Malacca from the interior of St. Paul’s Church.

In 1548, St. Francis Xavier with the help of fellow Jesuits, Fr. Francisco Peres and Brother Roque de Oliveira, established a school in the premises of the chapel known as St. Paul’s College. This was perhaps the first school in the modern sense to be established on the Malay peninsula.

View out to Malacca Straits from St. Paul's Hill

View out to Straits of Malacca from St. Paul’s Hill

The conquest of Malacca by the Dutch in 1641 saw the church change hands (to Dutch reformed). Over time it fell into disuse. When the British occupied Malacca in 1824, the church was used as a powder magazine and was allowed to deteriorate further.

Vendors inside of St. Paul's Church

Vendors inside of St. Paul’s Church, selling paintings and drawing. Also a musician playing for tips.

The site is a nice place to visit on a walk around historic Malacca.

Sparrow on walls of St. Paul's Church, Melaka

Sparrow on walls of St. Paul’s Church

Related: Cheng Ho Cultural Museum, MalaccaCheng Hoon Teng Temple (Temple of Green Cloud), MalaccaStreet Art in MalaccaMasjid Jamek, Kuala Lumpur