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Historical Sites of Malacca

Historical Sites of Malacca

  • Submitted By: stella
  • Date Submitted: 05/05/2009 3:17 AM
  • Category: English
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No.1, Jalan Seri Emas 2,
Taman Seri Telok Mas,
75400 Melaka,

Hi there, my name is stella. I’m 16 years old this year. I get to know that I’ll be sending this letter to a overseas friend and I’m excited over it. I’m glad that I have the chance to write a letter to you. Now, let me introduce some historical places of my hometown, Malacca.
Malacca is also known as a historical city. Malacca was founded by a fleeing prince from Sumatra in the 14th century. It developed into a major trading port for ships from India and China. As the Melaka Sultanate flourished, the Portuguese conquered Malacca in 1511. Later the Dutch took over in 1641 until much later the British empire ruled Malacca. The state finally obtained independence with the then "Malaya states" in 1957. Today, one will find many remnants of the glorious past dated back more than 500 years ago.
A replica of the Melaka Sultanate palace was reconstructed at the foot of St. Paul's Hill. The design is based on the description of the palace from the sixteenth-century 'Malay Annals,' or 'Sejarah Melayu.' It is the only building of its kind in Malaysia, and it provides a rare glimpse of the ancient Malay kingdom that once flourished here. The palace houses the Malacca Cultural Museum, which includes many artifacts of that kingdom.
On top of St. Paul's Hill is the St. Paul's Church, once the prayer house of the Portuguese Catholics, then turned into burial ground for their noble dead by the Dutch. The tombstones have Latin and Portuguese inscriptions on them. St. Francis Xavier was buried here in 1553 before his body was moved to Goa in India. St. Francis Xavier's Church was built in 1849 by a frenchman, Reverend Farve. The Gothic towered church is dedicated to St. Francis Xavier, well-remembered for his missionary work spreading Catholicism to South East Asia in the 16th century. St. Peter's Church was built in 1710 by the Portuguese descendants and comprising an...

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