St. Francis Xavier Church
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK179,633 contributions
Feb 2020
This is a catholic church built in the mid 19th century by a French mission. It’s a nice example of colonial era architecture, built in a Neo-Gothic style with twin spires at the front of the entrance, but otherwise painted predominantly plain white with yellow borders. Just outside the church building are a couple of statues. One is of St Francis Xavier and the other is of some Japanese dude he converted while in Malaysia. Directly opposite the front entrance is a sculpture of Mary with infant Jesus, which for some reason is behind a glass partition. When I visited, the front entrances were closed and I had to walk round to the offices side of the church to get into the church.

Inside, it’s also quite plain. The main decorations inside are the stained glass windows in a contemporary style depicting scenes from the life of Jesus. Ironically, the best and largest pieces of stained glass windows are behind the altar depicting saints.

The building is obviously no match for the monumental Gothic churches of Europe. There’s none of the decorative sculptures that typically adorn large Gothic churches. It does make for an interesting diversion from the Malaysian and Chinese architecture of Melaka if you have time in the city, especially as it’s just outside the official heritage area of the city that most tourists frequent.
Written February 25, 2020
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BenYorkie
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,378 contributions
Feb 2020
The church is looking good after some exterior paintwork and can't be missed in it's location set back a little on Jln Banda Kaba.
The interior is very pretty though with a simple but nicely painted ceiling, and some very lovely stained glass windows.
quiet and peaceful inside.
You won't regret stopping by for a short visit.
Written February 18, 2020
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China159,643 contributions
Apr 2013 • Couples
St. Francis Xavier is an important historical missionary figure who spent much of his live spreading the gospel and tending to the pour in South Asia, SE Asia and Japan. He made several stops in Melaka during the period of the Portuguese rule and was buried here for a time, at what was called St. Paul church on top of St. Paul church at that time.

This church is named after St. Francis Xavier which made it one of interest for us to visit during a recent trip to Melaka. Unfortunately, there was much construction taking place around the church and it was gated off. As such, it seems it may be under restoration or renovation at the time of our visit. We'll try again next time we pass through Melaka.
Written April 17, 2013
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peteandchris46
Hartlepool119 contributions
Jul 2012 • Couples
Wonderful church full of life.
If you're catholic and visiting malacca try and get to the English mass on an afternoon at 1 pm.
Written July 18, 2012
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Shelz-lyn
Malaysia13 contributions
I took a half day tour in Malacca visiting Jonker's Walk, A Famosa and Stadthuys. I parked my car at the open car park opposite St. Francis Xavier Church. I then walked pass St. Francis Xavier Church and took a photo of it.

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. Today, Francis Xavier’s Church still serves its function as a Catholic church, with regular services being held from time to time.

Being a Muslim country, there is nothing great or magnificent about the churches here in Malaysia. So save your time visiting the churches here. You probably can find ten of thousands of more spectacular churches in your own country. In fact, I wouldn't even call St. Francis Xavier Church as an 'attraction'.
Written July 20, 2010
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I’ve beEn tHere
Penang Island, Malaysia74 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
Beautiful Church by riverside. I loved the interior is the church with the colourful tinted pictures of the Bible stories . A must visit. I went early morning and it was pretty much empty but so nicely decorated for Christmas .
Written December 25, 2019
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Aniruddha Hom
Dhaka City, Bangladesh1,046 contributions
Jul 2019
I didn't have opportunity to get inside the Church and saw everything but stopped there while passing through the street. It's an impressive Church on the main street towards the Dutch Square. An historical under excavation and restoration ruin called Bastion Middleburg Melaka is just on the other side of the street and after that the rive and Jonker walk.
Written November 9, 2019
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Odyssey811876
Ballina, Australia606 contributions
Oct 2019 • Family
Be Sunday, my teenagers and I planned to go to mass. It is always delightful to experience mass in a new location. St Francis Xavier church is a lovely building from the late 1800s built in honour of the patron saint, St Francis Xavier from Portugal. The high vaulted ceiling with the blue featuring is stunning. The featured stain glass windows and the images of the stations of the cross are definitely worth a look.
Interestingly the entire building is on a lean! Not sure why bud guessing some subsidence!
Written October 6, 2019
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842emily
Singapore, Singapore301 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
I attended a service with my Catholic friend and found out from their facebook page that the main cathedral is undergoing renovations.

So the mass was conducted in a hall and I must say the attendance was fairly good on a typical Sunday early service.

Do check their facebook page for latest mass schedules.
Written August 14, 2018
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Yvonne G
Melaka, Malaysia53 contributions
Dec 2016 • Friends
This church is one of the oldest church in Malacca. It's unique in the way because they have a heritage room whereby 2 parts of St Francis Xavier's relic are place there. Upon request you could enter the heritage room to have a peep at it.
Church is listed under the World Heritage therefore many things and structure are still preserved.
The church has many masses over the weekend and comes in multi lingual at different times.
If you are driving, mind you to park outside the church.
Written August 1, 2017
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St. Francis Xavier Church, Melaka