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Francis Xavier Church

This Gothic-styled church is stuated close to the Dutch Square and facing the Melaka river. It was built in 1849 by a French Priest, Reverend Farve and was dedicated to St. Francis Xavier, the great missionary to the East. This church was once the largest church built by the Paris Foreign Missionary in Malay Peninsula. It was built on the land which once housed a Portuguese Church. Some believed that this church was modelled after the older original structure of Cathedral of St. Peter in Montpellier in Southern France.

A domineering presence in the skyline of Malacca, this twin-spired neo-gothic structure was built on the site of an old Portuguese church by a French priest, Father Farvé, in 1856, in honour of St. Francis Xavier, a prominent 16th-century Catholic missionary also known as ‘Apostle of the East’. Located on Jalan Laksamana, the church’s finishing touches were completed in 1859 by Father Allard, with the present-day presbytery built in 1874.

For quite some time, it became the largest church built by the MEP (Paris Foreign Missionary) in the Malay Peninsula. It was believed that the church was modelled after the Cathedral of St. Peter in Montpellier in Southern France, which closely followed the older church’s original construction, except for a portico which was added on in 1963.

To this day, St Francis Xavier’s Church still serves its function as a Catholic church, with regular mass services being held from time to time. Having been around for more than a century, the church’s building now leans slightly to the left.
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