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St. Paul's Church

Constructed by the Portuguese captain, Duarte Coelho, this church was named "Our Lady of The Hill", but was later turned into a burial ground by the Dutch for their noble dead, and renamed "St. Paul's Church". Currently the church is part of the Malaccan Museums Complex. The body of St. Francis Xavier was interred here temporarily before it was taken to Goa, India.

This famous tourist attraction was built by a Portuguese captain by the name of Duarte Coelho who wanted to make this place a leading Catholic church. The chapel was turned by the Dutch into a burial ground for their noble dead and renamed 'St. Paul's Church' from the Portuguese 'Our Lady Of The Hill'. St. Francis Xavier was briefly enshrined in the open grave in 1553 before being shipped to Goa, India while this church remained one of Malacca's most recognizable landmark.
 
To get to this place of interest in Melaka, the ruins of St. Paul's church can be seen standing here as you walk along the steps that lead up to the top of St. Paul's Hill, from the Stadthuys. When the Christ Church was built later, St. Paul's Church was abandoned eventhough some renovations was being carried out earlier. Under the British, this church was used to store gunpowder.

One of the main attraction here is the marble statue of Francis Xavier which was built to commemorate his internment here over four hundred year ago. Besides the Dutch tombstones seen here, the view from this hill is remarkable.
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