One of the main landmarks in Melaka, Malaysia is the cluster of red buildings at the Dutch Square.  The focal centre of the Dutch Square is the Stadhuys (once the Dutch adminstration centre), and the Christ Church.   The following article has some great details of the history of the Dutch Square in Melaka, Malaysia.  Once again please do leave a comment and share your experiences!

Melaka Travels – Stadhuys and Christ Church in Dutch Square

Melaka a small state in Malaysia is famous for its historical landmarks and it is also awarded with UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dutch Square area is one of Melaka most famous historical landmark. One simple indicator that you have reach is to see the surrounding buildings all painted in red.

There are a few historical landmark which you can find in the Dutch Square area:

Stadhuys : This building was built in the year 1650 as the center of Dutch administration and residence of the Dutch Governor and their officers. The structure truly reflects Dutch architecture in that time and is believed to the the oldest Dutch building in the East. Now, it is known as “Museum of History and Ethnography” which exhibits traditional wedding clothes and artifacts of historical Melaka.

Christ Church: Built in the year 1753 by the Dutch and it is the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia. Inside the Christ Church you can find jointless wooden ceiling beam(each cut from a single tree trunk), a brass Bible inscribed with the first verse of St. John in Dutch, a tombstones written in the Portuguese language and a tiled artwork replica of ” The Last Supper”. It also still contains the original hand crafted pews (church long bench seat) and window dated back 200 years old. Later, during British occupation in the year 1795, the church was consecrated as an Anglican Church.

Both Stadhuys and Christ Church is opened daily for tourists from 9 am to 6 pm.

The Dutch Square is situated in Melaka town and is one of the few places that you should not miss when travelling in Melaka.

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Alec Chan

Alec Chan is an intrepid traveler, travel writer, author, speaker, serial entrepreneur and self professed Asia travel ambassador. Traveling all around Asia since 2003, and still traveling, Alec is an accomplished and passionate traveler seeking to bridge the cultural gaps in Asia. Through his unique perspective as a Canadian born Chinese, Alec shares his special insights on Asia to help others around the world to have a better understanding on Asian culture so that they can have a more meaningful, fun, and stress free trip to Asia. Alec has written numerous travel guides on several destinations in Asia and is the editor in chief of AlecTravelGuide.com

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