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Melaka Town ~ Sights & Visits III


People & Culture Sights & Visits Ayer Kroh Other Places  The Islands Melaka Map

• Kampung Kling Mosque • The Sam Poh Tong Temple • Kampung Hulu’s Mosque •
• Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple • The Cheng Hon Teng’s Temple • Tranquerah Mosque •
• Christ Church • St. Pauls Church •



Kampung Kling Mosque
One of the oldest mosques in the country with Sumatran architectural features. It has a three-tiered roof rising like a pyramid and a minaret peculiar in shape from a typical Moorish style, is structured like a pagoda portraying a mixture of East-West architectural influence.


The Sam Poh Tong Temple
Dedicated to Admiral Cheng Ho, the temple was named after a fish that miraculously saved the Admirals ship from sinking while enroute to Melaka. The fish mysteriously placed itself against a damaged hull preventing the ship from taking on water.



Kampung Hulu’s Mosque
Built in 1728, it is the oldest mosque in Malaysia. Its unique architectural style is not traceable to others in the country.




Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple
One of the first Hindu temples built in this country built on a plot given by the Dutch.



The Cheng Hon Teng’s Temple
The oldest Chinese temple in the country was built in 1646 with materials brought from China. Fine workmanship is evident in the ornately decorated mythological figures, carvings and lacquer work inside the temple.



Tranquerah Mosque
Architecturally unique it bears the tomb of Sultan Hussain of Johore in it's compound. He was the ruler who signed the cession of Singapore with Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819.



Christ Church
Standing exactly as it has always been since 1753, it was built by the Dutch with pink bricks brought out from Zeeland in Holland and faced with local laterite it has ceiling beams constructed without joints. It has handmade pews, Brass Bible, tombstone written in Armenian and “Last Supper” in glazed tiles.
Location: Jalan. Gereja


St. Pauls Church
Built by the Portuguese Captain Duarte Coelho in 1571, it was regularly visited by Francis Xavier. Following his death in China, the saints was brought here and buried for 9 months before being shipped to Goa, India. The church has been in ruins for 150 years, but the setting is beautiful, the walls imposing and fine old Dutch Tombstones stand around the interior.

The Dutch into a burial ground for their noble dead and renamed it St. Pauls Church from the Portuguese “Our Lady of the Hill”.



 

 

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