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"St Paul's Ruins and Porta de Santiago" Malaysia Things to Do Tip by keeweechic

Malaysia Things to Do: 727 reviews and 1,093 photos


St Paul's Church is another must see in Malacca. It was built by a Portuguese Captain, the chapel was turned by the Dutch into a burial ground for their noble dead and renamed it `St. Paul's Church` from the Portuguese's `Our Lady Of The Hill.` St. Francis Xavier was briefly enshrined in the open grave in 1553 before being shipped to Goa, India.

The ruins of St Paul sits on St Paul's Hill which overlooks Dutch Square and Porta de Santiago. Porta de Santiago (A Famosa) was built by the Portuguese in 1511 as a fortress it sustained severe structural damage during the Dutch invasion. The Dutch set out to destroy the fort but was stopped by Sir Stamford Raffles intervention in 1808 who saved what remains of the fortress today.

Address: Malacca, Malaysia
Directions: up a flight of stairs behind the Stadthuys

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  • Updated Sep 1, 2003
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