St. Paul's Church Ruins, Melaka
This was built by a Portuguese Captain by the name of Duarte Coelho, the chapel was turned by the Dutch into a burial ground for their noble dead. You can see the tombstomes in among the ruins.
It was renamed 'St. Paul's Church' from the 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 You can see a statute of the St there but strangely its right hand is missing.
I can't really add anything to the excellent history people have already provided, so instead I'll offer a few tips:
It's a short climb to the church, but it's exposed and very hot - the steps also look like they might be treacherous if there were to be a downpour while you were at the top. There's a lad selling cold drinks just before the final set of steps who might come in handy.
There isn't very much to see at the top, unless like me you're interested in reading old gravestones (or unlike me, interested in buying tat from the dozen or so tat-sellers). The church is ruined, but it's still attractive.
Both times I went, there was a guy with a lizard and a cockatoo selling photo opportunities. Up to you if you take these, but before he started I saw him blowing smoke of some sort in the lizard's nostrils. Seemed unsavoury to me, but your call.
I've been here many years ago. The history and the stone walls enthralled me so much I had to come back to see it.
The tombstones look so huge and monolithic! Amazing.
This church is on top of St Paul's Hill, which can be reached by stairs from the Stadthuys or from A'Famosa.
After St Paul's Church, steps lead down to this memento mori ~ a memoar and graveyard of British officers and soldiers. Several written in Armenian language.
St. Pauls ruins at a hill in the center of Malaka are a nice place to see the sunset and a panoramic of the port and the city.
(see my "who where" to find who you will find there)
Be sure to take time to look at the old, massive tombstones that are on display in the interior in the ruins of St. Paul's Church.
Located a short walk up the hill from the Melaka colonial district.
I was really impressed to see the church ruins, but didn't realize how stunning the views were until I reached the top of the hill.
The church was built as a chapel by the Portuguese captain, Duarte Coelho in 1521. It was renamed St. Paul Church by the Dutch and was turned into a burial ground for their noble dead.
Another must see whenever one visits malaca. It never fails to bore too and judging from whatever that is left, it must have looked majestic during it's better days.
Located on the top of a hill, this is the place I like the most. The view here is very nice. You can look toward the sea and the town of Malacca. I spent the whole afternoon resting here!
One of the tourist highlights of Melaka, but a smaller scale compared to the St. Paul's ruins in Macau.