The Francis Xavier Church in Malacca is a twin-spired gothic structure, which overlooks the River of Melaka. The structural design and architecture of the Francis Xavier Church is believed to be modeled after the Cathedral of St. Peter in Montpelier, Southern France.The church is identical to its original construction in France, apart from the Portico which was added later in 1963.
The Francis Xavier Church was built by a French priest Father P. Fabre in 1849 that dedicated the church to St. Francis Xavier, who is a prominent 16th century missionary who was active in Southeast Asia to spread Christianity. St. Francis Xavier traveled to Malacca five times during 1545 – 1552 to preach the Christian gospel; Malacca was used as a base for Francis Xavier’s trip to Indonesia, Flores and towards Far East.
Till this day,the Francis Xavier Church will celebrate the St. Francis Xavier Feast Dayon each Sunday closest to the 3rd December, where thousands of Catholic devotees from all over Malaysia flock to Melaka to celebrate the devotion of St. Francis Xavier in South East Asia. One of the notable events of the celebration is a candlelight procession that is led by a float with a lighted statue of St. Francis Xavier.
Francis Xavier Church withstood the ravage of time for more than a century in Melaka as the Catholic community in Melaka still holds regular masses in the church until this day and kept the church well-maintained.
The Francis Xavier Church is located in a short distance to Little India, where it consists of two rows of shops occupied mainly by Indian traders. Visitors can capture the vibrancy of the Indian culture through wandering the rows of Indian shops in Little India which currently encompasses more than 30 Indian vendors operating in its vicinity. Here, visitors can find a variety of Indian incense, Indian cosmetics and accessories to purchase from.
If one is looking for authentic Indian cuisine, there are a few Indian restaurants serving authentic Indian cuisines like Nasi Briyani, Butter Chicken, Dal Makhani (lentil dish), Palek Paneer (spinach dish) and Paratha in Little India here in Malacca.
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|Tuesday||9:30 am - 5:30 pm|
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