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St. Paul's Church
Malaysia, Malacca, St. Paul's Hill, April 2011

St. Paul's Church is a historic church building in Malacca, built by the Portuguese in 1521. It is located at the summit of St. Paul's Hill and is today part of the Malacca Museum Complex.
The original structure was a simple chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary and further enlarged in 1556 with the addition of a second storey with a belfry tower added on in 1590. With the conquest of Malacca by the Dutch in 1641, the church was reconsecrated for Dutch Reformed use as the Bovenkerk or High Church. When the British occupied Malacca in 1824, the church was then used as a powder magazine and was further allowed to deteriorate.
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Feb 29 2012 11:28 GMT Bellavista
Wonderful presented old church.
Feb 29 2012 12:15 GMT happysnaper
Brilliant photograph Peter.
Feb 29 2012 12:22 GMT Myshots
Terrific notes and image.....
Feb 29 2012 12:47 GMT clintonfolks
wonderful photo.!!!
Feb 29 2012 12:51 GMT Riet
Magnificent photo! What you tell about it's history is very interesting!
The Dutch, the British....they all thought they could do as they wanted in a country or on an island that wasn 't ,their own!
I am born in 1930 and I remember very well worldwar two 1940-1945 when mad Hitler sent the men to conquer the world!
Feb 29 2012 13:31 GMT sirenans
Beautiful old church with dramatic sky...fantastic shot!
Feb 29 2012 13:45 GMT senna3
Thanks a lot for your comment Riet.
Yes, many nations have black pages in their history, including the Dutch!
I too remember WWII, but then what happened in the Japanese POW camps. The Japanese people paid extremely heavily for the agression of their leaders!
Feb 29 2012 14:10 GMT Cronos1
Beautiful work, Peter ! Hdr's and history photos work very good together !
Feb 29 2012 14:30 GMT hallo
Powerful capture!
Feb 29 2012 14:48 GMT Cronos1
Peter, this are beehives :-) (and there are much more behind me :-)))
Feb 29 2012 14:56 GMT wijnie58
Fantastic shot of the church..Peter....:-))
Feb 29 2012 15:06 GMT Hanny50
Leuk om al die Nederlandse namen op de grafstenen te lezen, Lie en ik waren er ook een jaar of 10 geleden. Mooie foto!!
Feb 29 2012 16:26 GMT saffi9
stunning shot senna
Feb 29 2012 16:40 GMT marioalbertina
Very hold ruine !................
Feb 29 2012 18:12 GMT FLUMP
i like it...it seems to go on forever, very imposing
Feb 29 2012 18:26 GMT whiteMusk
I like this very much...
Feb 29 2012 20:02 GMT senna3
Thanks for all nice comments!
Feb 29 2012 22:27 GMT junne PRO
riet, my admiration for having come to such a ripe age with all your faculties as sharp as all of the other members, way younger than you, still creative and multi lingual
Mar 01 2012 04:00 GMT martini957
Wonderful shot
Mar 01 2012 04:59 GMT MargNZ
Wonderful presentation and history Peter :)