The Christ Church in Melaka is the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia;it is a tell-tale sign of the Dutch occupation in Melaka during its ruling era from 1641 to 1824.
The Christ Church of Melaka is distinguished with its easily recognizable terracotta red exterior with a huge white cross placed on its exterior wall. Construction of the Christ Church began in 1741 as a celebration to the centennial of Dutch occupation in Melaka and was completed in 1753. Upon entering the altar of the church, one can sight its two hundred years old pews that are all handmade, alongside with its genuine 18th century Dutch architectural design where rectangular plan, massive walls, red granite plinths and Dutch roof tiles are prominent. Christ Church is amidst the popular Dutch Square, where all its surrounding buildings were originally painted white, however, the British painted them into the current red colour in 1911, which then became the hallmark of the Dutch colonial buildings in Melaka.
Inside the Christ Church lie many remarkable artefacts of historic and sentimental values. The church bell, for instance, is inscribed with the date 1698, which makes it an artefact of more than 300 years old. The grounds of the Christ Church are also engraved with many gravestones with Portuguese and Armenian inscriptions. Visitors can also appreciate the painting of the “Last Supper”, however, instead of the common canvas and oil method, the painting is presented in the form of glossy tiles in various colours. The main altar hall of the Christ Church is typical of any protestant churches with wooden alter and seats where a peaceful and tranquil environment is felt upon entering.
The Christ Church of Melaka is located in the central of the Dutch Square; alongside the Queen Victoria Fountain, Tan Beng Swee Tower and Stadhuys, together they form the most charming and scenic attraction in Malacca, the Dutch Square.
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