Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Christ Church Melaka 马六甲基督教堂 ...



When the Dutch took over Melaka from the hand of the Portuguese, they built several buildings for their own purposes. This church was built as a place of worship as they did not have any church for themselves apart from the small chapel built by Portuguese on St. Paul Hill. 



Located at Jalan Gereja (or known as Church Street!), the church is painted in coral red with huge white cross at the middle. It is the most distinguished one among adjacent buildings that are also painted in similar red colour. 




Surrounded by beautiful landscape with greeneries and flowers, you will probably feel like visiting a vintage church somewhere in Europe!




As mentioned, this Christ Church was built by the Dutch. They started the construction in 1741 and completed it in 1753. At that time, the church played its vital role as a place for the Dutch to pray. Later, when British took over Melaka for a temporary term, they converted the original Protestant church into an Anglican church. At the same time the British added the bell and weathercock on the church.





However, there is something unique and unusual that you might not be able to get in Europe but only in Melaka – the colourful decorated trishaw! In front of the church, there will always be striking trishaws lining up, offering the service to tour you around the town. The existence of trishaw makes the church’s surrounding area more lively and outstanding!

23 comments:

Laura.M said...

Que bonitas Wong !!!
La última tiene unos colores preciosos.
Saludos.Laura

Encarna said...

Beautiful place!!
Encarna

Olivier said...

une belle architecture cette eglise et j'aime bien la couleur

Carolina Tavares said...

I really like to know places and photograph this trip possible. Thank you.

Produval said...

Precioso lugar, felicidades por la serie.

Traveling Hawk said...

i like the sepia effect photo very much. What a gorgeous square you have there!

Claudia said...

Beautiful pictures, ...last one is my favorite :)

Have a wonderful week!

Cloudia said...

such an interesting corner of the world!


Aloha from Waikiki :)

Comfort Spiral

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JM said...

I am so distracted by those rickshaws! They look so different from others I've seen.

Bob Bushell said...

I love those bicycles, they are beautiful.

MIMOSA said...

Is beautiful to travel through your eyes!!!!
Kisses.

Linda said...

I'm intrigued by the matching shades of the church and the booths along the wall. And one green one standing out bravely.

Ursus said...

I like the sepia picture. thanks for the history of this church ... I would be glad if you would add yourself as a regular reader on my blog. Greetings from Switzerland

Ángel said...

Buena serie, el lugar se presta a la fotografía, muy atractivo. Me gusta el virado en la tercera foto.
Un abrazo

Alexander DeLarge said...

I find the second picture amazing

Ken Mac said...

nicely done. Those flowers pop!

Wersemei said...

Un lugar encantador el que se aprecia en las imágenes. El entorno y los colores son valiosos para la fotografía.
Saludos!

essec said...

Grazie alle tue splendide foto si apre una finestra su una parte del mondo a me sconosciuta.

Espresso said...

Beautiful place and photos :)

▒▓█► JOTA ENE said...

Beautiful photo and new photo on
"A ARTE DE BEM... PHOTOGRAFAR ®"

Matt said...

I'm so happy to see back this place!

I had the chance to visit Melaka long ago...
But somehow... I lost my photos...!

Melaka touched me a lot... Strange and beautiful place. This earth red reminded me of Mexico... But I was in Asia!!!

Bitch said...

I am impressed, Wong!

Costea said...

I like the looks of your country. In the picture is full of life and color.