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Christ Church

Melaka City

Built in 1753 from laterite bricks brought from Zeeland in Holland, this eye-catching cherry-pink church is one of the most photographed and imposing landmarks in Melaka. Inside, find Dutch and Armenian tombstones in the floor and 15m-long ceiling beams, each one cut from a single tree. The church is closed to sightseers on Sunday, but those who would like to attend a service are welcome; these are held in English at 8.30am and in Mandarin at 10.30am.

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