Christ Church circa 1905, with its then white exterior.

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Timings : Monday - Sunday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday Services: English - 8:30 AM, Mandarin: 10:30 AM, Malay: 4:30 PM

Christ Church, Melaka Overview

Located on Jalan Gareja or Church Street, the Christ Church Malacca is an 18th-century Anglican church. One of Melaka's defining structure, it is the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia.

Christ Church is still a functioning church in Melaka. In fact, it is quite popular, and sees quite a few visitors, especially during the services. The church also has some very intriguing artefact and objects that have undiscovered stories behind them, like the church bell. It is definitely a must-see for those who want to believe in and marvel at the Christian faith and also want to immerse themselves in the rich culture and history of Melaka.

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Architecture of Melaka Christ Church

Christ Church’s architecture is heavily influenced by Dutch styles and standards, with its massive walls and columns, a rectangular plan and Dutch roof tiles. One interesting feature of the church architecture is the ceiling beams built with huge wooden trunks using no joints, reflecting the superior architectural capabilities of the Dutch. Upon the arrival of the British to Melaka, a porch and vestry were added to the church while the large Dutch windows were reduced. 

Church Bell
Interestingly, the Church bell is inscribed with the date 1698, suggesting that it was used for another purpose prior to the construction of the Church. 

Tombstones
There are several tombstones incorporated into the floors of the church. These stones have Portuguese and Armenian inscriptions providing a glimpse of life in the Dutch period.  

Altar Bible
The church has a Bible with a cover made out of brass, featuring an engraving of the Dutch version of St. John.

How to Reach

The Christ Church provides transportation of its own via the church van from Ayer Keroh, Bukit Beruang, Bukit Baru and the town area, starting from 7:30 AM for the service, and visitors interested in taking up this service can contact the UTEM students. Otherwise, the church is a scenic walk away from the town area, or one can also hire a cab on GRAB to reach the church.

Tips

  • Photography is prohibited inside the church. 
  • There is a vast multitude of trishaws stationed right outside the church, acting as a convenient travel option and a great way to absorb the city. 
  • It is recommended that visitors to the church explore the nearby streets steeped in culture and lined with elegant traditional restaurants. 

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