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photoblog image St. Paul's Church, Malacca

St. Paul's Church, Malacca

This is the church mentioned in my last post. Built by the Portugese, it fell into disuse with the occupation by the Dutch. With the arrival of the British, it was to be used as an ammunitions depot. That I felt was a bit unfortunate, as by then this place was already 300 years old and could have done with some dedicated conservation approach. 


Situated on a hill, the views from here are very pleasant and one can imagine merchant vessels and battleships of the past at sea. 

St. Paul's Church, Malacca

This is the church mentioned in my last post. Built by the Portugese, it fell into disuse with the occupation by the Dutch. With the arrival of the British, it was to be used as an ammunitions depot. That I felt was a bit unfortunate, as by then this place was already 300 years old and could have done with some dedicated conservation approach. 


Situated on a hill, the views from here are very pleasant and one can imagine merchant vessels and battleships of the past at sea. 

comments (20)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Jan 2013, 00:14
Very good use of your wide-angle lens here, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much Ray
it's such a magnificent structure Ayush... it's a shame that they let it go and even worst than that is it had been used as a munitions dump....petersmile
Ayush Basu: Yes, its missing an entire roof. There are 4 walls standing precariously.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 3 Jan 2013, 08:40
Very good Ayush - imagination is everything
Ayush Basu: Thank you Chris, for your visit and your input
It's a bit heartless to have used it as an ammunition dump!
Ayush Basu: Thank you Bill for the visit and the comment.
Looks like it was a fine building in it's time Ayush. Nice angle
Ayush Basu: Thank you CM. This whole place spelled out serenity
I recall visiting this - wonder if I have any old slides around?
A pitiy it's been misused once...
Great capture Ayush!
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much Richard
Beautiful church - beautiful image - I love how you've let the sun filter thru the tree!
Ayush Basu: I agree, it was a lovely day; mildly sunny not too hot and I had my work cut out.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Jan 2013, 22:10
It looks a very nice church and I love your perspective and the light glowing from the sky.
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much. It was a beautiful day so I got lucky.
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 4 Jan 2013, 02:05
What an interesting angle! Nice texture in this shot.
Ayush Basu: Only way to get the whole view in; there was not a lot of room behind me.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 4 Jan 2013, 06:27
Well-worth preserving, Ayush. Presumably it is well cared for now?
Ayush Basu: Yes, it does seem to be the case now.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Jan 2013, 06:56
I guess the thing about a structure so old is that it CAN go from one hand to the other. (sigh)
Ayush Basu: Good point Ginnie!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Jan 2013, 07:09
Sometimes they don't see the purpose of conservation.
Wonderful shot, love the old and new together. Great isn't it, to imagine the place 300 years ago. I often do that with medieval places, with knights and horses.
Ayush Basu: You are quite right. I would say that the since that time right up to the last 40 years, nothing much would have changed. And then onward, the change would have been accelerated.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 4 Jan 2013, 08:21
Wide angle in portrait style - a very interesting result.
Ayush Basu: Only way to get the whole view in; there was not a lot of room behind me
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 4 Jan 2013, 08:55
That is the problem with Brits, no style.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Jan 2013, 09:21
Amazing it survived at all I guess.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Jan 2013, 10:06
I guess that when the British did arrive back in those days, conservation never featured.I like the texture of the old stonework.
  • Helen
  • United States
  • 4 Jan 2013, 10:08
Beautiful architecture and quite a story behind it.
  • Ginny
  • Australia
  • 4 Jan 2013, 12:34
I enjoyed your story about this lovely place.Very interesting
Good wide view of contacting architecture.

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