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Heritage trail by day, Malacca (Part II)

Started the trail at 8am and walked along the heritage trail covering most of the major attractions and finally completed at 4.30pm. Weather was extremely hot and hazy. Exhausted.

Location: Historical City of Malacca (UNESCO World Heritage)

There are 4 parts in this series:
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Part 3 []
Part 4 []

Somebody left his wrench in the park.

Dinosaur eggs??

Water sculpture.

Water sculpture again.

Can you spot me?

Better go check doc. It has red eyes.

The St. Paul's Church of Malacca was originally a Portuguese chapel built by Duarte Coelho in 1521, in gratitude to Our Lady of Grace (Joao de Barros of the 16th century) for a miraculous escape from an attack on his ship by a fleet in the South China Sea. This chapel was known as Chapel of the Mother of God (Madre de Deus) or Our Lady of the Hill (Nossa Senhora do Oiteiro). In 1548 the Archbishop of Goa in India, Don Albuquerque, handed over the church to the Society of Jesus. St. Francis Xavier, the pioneering Catholic missionary of Southeast Asia, received the title deeds on behalf of the Society.

A painter selling his paintings.

The outer wall of St. Paul's Church.

Inside St. Paul's Church.

In 1641, the Dutch took over Malacca from the Portuguese, renamed the chapel to St. Paul's Church, and used it as their praying place until they completed the construction of their own church - Christ Church. When the Christ Church was established, St. Paul's Church became a Dutch graveyard with monumental tombstones scattered around.

In 1952, a statue of St. Francis Xavier was built to commemorate the passing of the saint. Originally, the statue was completely constructed with the right arm in place. However, on the morning after the consecration ceremony, a large casuarina tree fell on it and broke off the right arm, resulted in a statue with missing arm until today.

St. Paul's Church.

Anybody called the fire department?

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      2010.04.02 Edited

      not only that you tour the viewer , but you give a very nice capture of all the subjects , crisp and clear ,excellent lights and sharpness..
      best regards,