St Francis Xavier Church Melaka

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Church of St Francis Xavier, Melaka Overview

St. Xavier Church Melaka is a catholic church located in Jalan Laksamana, Malacca. The 19th-century twin-spired neo-Gothic structure facing the Melaka River is well known for its Catholic Masses and is one of the most popular churches in Melaka.

Visitors are allowed to attend the church masses and explore the premises. Church of St. Francis Xavier held the title for being the longest church built by the Paris Foreign Missionary and takes inspiration from the Cathedral of St. Peter in Montpellier in southern France. The best time to visit is during the night hour when the church is illuminated by a faint blue glow.

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Structure & Layout of St Francis Xavier Church

The church is essentially close to the church it is modelled after – the Cathedral of St. Peter in Montpellier in southern France. However, the portico was added in 1963, which makes it slightly different than its inspired model.
  • The interior of the church features a cemented floor which was completed in 1920.
  • The interior encompasses white walls and colored glass windows.
  • The church is a twin-spired neo-gothic structure and is located near the riverside of Melaka.
  • There are two statues in front of the church, one belonging to St. Francis Xavier, after whom the church is named.
  • The other statue is named after Yajiro Anjero, a Japanese samurai who met St. Francis Xavier and gave rise to the idea that Japan can be a suitable place to spread Christianity.

How to Reach

Since Melaka does not have a good public transport system, it is recommended to take a taxi to St. Xavier's Church.

If looking for a cheaper mode of travel, the  ‘Grab’ app can fetch better prices. Grab is the equivalent to Ola and Uber.

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