St. Paul's Church Ruins, Melaka
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.
St. Paul's Hill was formerly called Mary's Hill in the Potuguese Times as on the top of the Hill sits the former Portuguese Chapel (called the Nossa Senhora da Annunciada or Our Lady of Grace) built in 1521 by a local portuguese nobeleman who escaped a shipwreck during a storm in the south china sea.
The chapel became a full church in 1553 and donated to the Jesuits, the great Jesuit Saint Francis Xavier was interred here temporarily during those time before being re interred in Goa in India. The Chapel was then renamed Igreja de Madre de Deus (Church of the Mother of God). After the Dutch Congquest in 1641, the church was reconsecrated into a Dutch Reformed Church named St. Paul's and was the main Dutch Church in Melaka up to 1753, when the Christ Church was built. The hill was renamed St. Paul's Hill too.
During the British Occupation of 1825, the church was converted into a gun powder magazine storage area.
The St. Paul Church Gained prominence when it when part of it was excavated by a local malacca historical sociiety and the old portuguese grave stones brought back to the church and in 1950's a Statue of St. Francis Xavier was put at the front of the church.
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.
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!
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.
One of the tourist highlights of Melaka, but a smaller scale compared to the St. Paul's ruins in Macau.