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“One of the oldest granite churches in Malaysia”

Reviewed May 30, 2013

Ok, from the outset the church is nothing fancy if you've been outside of Malaysia. However, it's the historical significance that attracted me to visit this church, not to mention, it was on the heritage trial.

If you are going to catch a taxi, you might want to consider negotiating a small fee and make the driver wait as you would otherwise struggle a little to get a return trip.

Believe it or not the place took over 25 years to complete and was designed by a Kiwi. Originally it was set up as a timber building and eventually brick and stone but the stone was actually delivered by prisoners and established through their hard manual labour.

If you have time, worth a quick inspection.

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Reviewed May 16, 2013

The Parish of St Michael and All Angels is a lovely church that was built in 1888 and is one of Sandakan's few surviving pre-war buildings. It is a historical site that is included in The Sandakan Heritage Trail. Sandakan, a former capital of British North Borneo, was almost totally destroyed during World War II. However, this church avoided major damage during the 1940s.

It is the oldest granite church in Malaysia. With its beautiful stained glass windows, this stone building must be a popular location as a backdrop for newly-weds as we saw a couple having their pre-wedding photography session there. We did not manage to go inside as it was closed at the time (think there is entrance fee to enter the church).

Not a must-do, but a nice place to visit if you appreciate beautiful architecture. Felt like we were in Europe looking at a church in the countryside!

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