St. Paul's Hill & Church (Bukit St. Paul)

St. Paul's Hill & Church (Bukit St. Paul), Melaka

St. Paul's Hill & Church (Bukit St. Paul)

St. Paul's Hill & Church (Bukit St. Paul)
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The A' Famosa Fort and landmark St Paul's Church are two of the many attractions in this district.
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Jenny Y
Hong Kong, China42 contributions
Jan 2020
We arrived at St Paul's Hill in the afternoon after lunch. It was a very hot day and made the steep climb up the hill very exhausting. Unfortunately we didn't do our research and our guide did not warn us of the steepness of the hill as one of us found the climb difficult and had to stop many times to catch the breath.

Apart from this, the Church ruins is famous because it was the last resting place of St Francis Xavier before his body was taken to Goa as per his wishes. When he passed away it was the stormy monsoon season so they couldn't transport his body to Goa; therefore the body was kept here temporarily. There is a statue of him at the front of the church before entering it. This statue has a very interesting story to it - you can find out yourself or ask your guide! I don't want to spoil it for you! You'll be able to take some nice shots from the top of this hill so that's an added bonus to make it to the top!

My advice if you are coming to this place, is to do it in the morning on your arrival in Malacca, as the walk and climb up the hill will tire you out. After this it will be best if you went to a fully air-conditioned cafe or restaurant to rest before you carry on your tour of Malacca! Even the younger persons in our group were worn out after the climb which coupled with the very hot sun slowed us down a lot!
Written February 13, 2020
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AirFuss
Singapore, Singapore550 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
A historical place to visit which has the ruins of old Portuguese church. Just behind A’Famosa fortress ruins. Has some photo shoot spots against the ancient walls of the church and also hosts views of the city and Melacca straits.
Written January 5, 2020
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Sarah Lewis
Harlow, UK918 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
St. Paul’s church is a short walk from Red Square up a (not too steep) hill.
The church, originally built in 1521 is in ruins and has no roof, but is worth the visit.
The church is renowned as the place where the body of Francis Xavier, a Catholic missionary of Southeast Asia, was laid to rest for a period after his death at sea.
An open grave in the church, now covered by a wire mesh, marks the place of Francis' temporary burial, later his remains were moved to Goa.
There are lots of engraved stones inside the ruins which are interesting, and the views from the hill are amazing.
Written January 24, 2020
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Jamo
46 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
A lot of tombstones of Dutch merchants and their families displayed in the ruins of an ancient Portuguese-built church. The tombstones are written in old Dutch and sometimes Latin. The lighthouse next to it was added by the British later on. Easy walk up the stairs from either the Dutch Graveyard, A Famosa or The Stadhuys. You could spend about 20-30 minutes here admiring the age old structure and tombstones
Written February 18, 2020
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Pushpal P
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia177 contributions
Jan 2021 • Friends
Was really amazed to know the church is neaely 400 plus years old and Saint Francus Xavier had himself visited here and was rested forvsome months before moving to Goa. To my opinion this could have been better restored aa I could see the walls had been scribbled. Small piece of history that too my opiniom should not be missed in your trip
Written January 4, 2021
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Lian Tiong G
Subang Jaya, Malaysia3,587 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We arrived at 8 am..cloudy morning and cool weather. No tourists arrived yet and good clear path for our morning walk. Walking through history from 1511 when the Portuguese arrived passed on to the Dutch in 1641 and then to the British in 1860s. These historic pasts are displayed in the St Paul Church up on the St Paul's hill. Scenic view of Melaka with thr Straits of Malacca as the backdrop looking from the top of the hill. Grwat historic climb.
Written January 29, 2020
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dthia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia345 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
Nothing much but nice place for photos and great architecture with deep historical value.
It was breezy even on a hot sunny day.
Can oversee some part of Melaka town and the sea, hence the breeze.
There's a guy singing and playing guitar in the church. Good voice.
Written September 11, 2020
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Noshi
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia28 contributions
Dec 2020
Don't miss the hike up the hill and visit the ruins. Nice sweeping view of Melaka town from up top.

Time your visit before mid morning as it gets hot later during the day, Then treat yourself to cendol!
Written December 20, 2020
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Taufik N
Indonesia77 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Stroll here from dutch square and end up on dataran merdeka mall. the place is rather quite. nothing to see except the ruin building itself. the wall still stands strong. and a lot of coffin cover. i think this is the place they used to rest back in the days. oh there was one cat that slept and didn't seem to care to visitors. just sleep!
Written February 20, 2020
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Lian Tiong G
Subang Jaya, Malaysia3,587 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
Took the opportunity of reopening of St Paul's Hill to have our morning walk up the hill with my wife. Fresh air and nice cool embience in the morning. Beautiful view of the old city overlooking far end the sea as the backdrop. Peaceful and relaxing atmosphere on top of the hill which house the Church..old charming hill of Melaka.
Written June 11, 2020
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