The Christ Church and Stadthuys in Melaka (or Malacca) in Malaysia are just a spit away from each other. The area where they stand is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its historical importance. The moment I got out of the taxi, I could see why the place should be preserved and maintained.
Two of the most prominent structures at the center of this old Dutch town are the Christ Church and Stadthuys.
They surely compete with each other for attention. Both are crimson-colored structures.
Standing at the small park in front of these buildings, I battled where I should see/go in first.
Since I stood closer to Christ Church, I led myself into it first.
This Anglican Church has stood the test of time.
It was built in the 18th century when the Dutch colonizers arrived in Malaysia.
It took 12 years to complete this Church.
The Dutch built it to replace the aging St Paul Church on the hill, which the Portuguese built.
Inside, you will still find many of the original pews from the 17th century.
The ancient baptismal basin, the upper lectern, paintings, altar, and many more are still being used up to this day.
Just like any other ancient churches or cathedrals in Europe, you can also find memorial plaques and tombstones here.
To date, Christ Church in Malacca is the oldest living/functioning Anglican Church in Malaysia.
Its name, Stadthuys, comes the old Dutch word for City Hall.
This salmon-red building was once home to Dutch governors and officers.
Back then, its interior has a prison, a courtyard, and a bakery.
Nowadays, the interior is a host to the Museum of History and Ethnography.
In this museum, you find Melaka’s rich cultural heritage from its Malay roots to Portuguese, Dutch, and even the British!
And behind its facade, you find will also the Museum of Literature.
In front of the Christ Church and the Stadthuys is the Red Square. It’s here where every visitor in the city has a photo taken at the Love Statue.
Once you are done looking at the Christ Church’s interiors and exteriors and the Stadthuys, go around the area. You will find the remnants of the Old Fort and houses that stay true to their architectural designs. Melaka might be a small town for a one-day visitor like me, but it’s really worth visiting from Kuala Lumpur.
Melaka may look small for a one-day visitor if he’s only fixed on exploring the old city. However, beyond that, Melaka is a pretty bustling city with budget accommodations and 5-star hotels.