|Melaka Heritage | Dutch Square | Christ Church - Red Clock Tower - Victoria Fountain - Youth Museum|
If you are coming from Ayer Keroh toll driving into downtown of Bandar Hilir, it would lead you to the one-way Laksamana Road where this famous Melaka icon is located opposite Melaka River. The buildings in Dutch Square were made of brick but during British administration, they were painted with salmon red to ease maintainability. The state government somehow has darken the shade to be light maroon as what we see today.
Among these eye-catching buildings, Stadthuys is the largest structure of them all. In old Dutch spelling, 'Stadthuys' is literally translated as 'town hall' and pronounced as 'stat-highs'. It was built between 1641 and 1660 as the residence for Dutch Governor and his deputy.
Next to Stadthuys is Christ Church. Christ Church was built in 1753 by Dutch is the oldest Protestant church in Malaysia. Last Supper painting made of glazed tiles is visibly over the altar inside the church. The ceiling in the church is the most notable feature, whereby the beams over 15 m long each was made from a single tree!
Sandwiched between Christ Church and Laksamana Road is Malaysia Youth Museum & Art Gallery which was built in 1784 as Dutch Administrative Complex. In 1826, it was turned into a school (Malacca Free School). In 1920s, the building was renovated to be double-storey building and later used as a post office before converting into museum as what we see today.
Standing right at the facade of Christ Church usually attracts one to a vintage water fountain which is still functioning well. This is Queen Victoria's Fountain. It was completely built in 1901 by British to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty's reign.
Red Clock Tower is another significant icon sits on Dutch Square. It was erected in 1886 in honor of a generous Chinese tycoon named Tan Beng Swee. Some called it 'Tan Beng Swee Clock Tower'.
I found that the best photography spot to capture the Red Clock Tower, Victoria Fountain and Christ
Church is from a glass window on the first floor of Stadthuys building. The following pictures were taken from that 'spot' and thanks to the tinted glass that behaves as a poor man's polarized lens.
Dutch Square obviously offers a photography footprint to make your trip to Melaka a memorable one!
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