MELAKA 马六甲   .   CHURCH OF ST.FRANCIS XAVIER

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The construction of Gothic-towered St. Francis Xavier Church was initiated by a French priest, Father Farve in 1849. This church, dominated the skyline of the old-town of Melaka, is dedicated to St. Francis Xavier (Apostle of the East), the pioneering Catholic missionary of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. For a very long time, it was the largest church built by the MEP (Paris Foreign Missionary) in the Malay Peninsula.


While this Gothic church is dedicated to St. Francis Xavier, the statue of the saint is available at the St. Paul Church.

The St. Francis Xavier Church of Melaka is featuring authentic French architectural design, and is believed to be based on the model of the Cathedral of St. Peter in Montepellier, Southern France. The church is essentially identical to its original construction, except for the portico which was added in 1963. The interior is little changed except for the floor which was cemented in 1920.

Until today, it is still serving as a functioning Catholic church, holding regular mass services. However, as the church has been around for more than a century, it is leaning a bit towards the right.
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Address Gereja St. Francis Xavier Jalan Laksamana, 75000 Melaka
Contact 06-282 4770
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Address45E, Jalan Ong Kim Wee, Melaka
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