Melaka's Historical District Tour (Self Guided), Melaka

Melaka is the historical center of Malaysia and has many old buildings, ancient tombs and fascinating ruins. The history of the city speaks through its landmarks. Take this tour to visit the most popular and noteworthy landmarks in Melaka and to learn more about the city's fascinating history!
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Melaka's Historical District Tour Map

Guide Name: Melaka's Historical District Tour
Guide Location: Malaysia » Melaka (See other walking tours in Melaka)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Bastion House
  • Ruins of Old City Wall
  • Coronation Park
  • Medan Samudera
  • St. Paul's Church
  • Dutch Graveyard
  • Malacca Sultanate Palace
Bastion House

1) Bastion House

Bastion House is located on Jalan Kota next to A Famosa. It is a historical building that was constructed in 1910 by the British company Dunlop. The building was named Bastion House because it is located very close to the bastions of Fortaleza de Malaca, or the Melaka Fort.
Ruins of Old City Wall

2) Ruins of Old City Wall

The Old City Wall is a popular tourist attraction and prominent landmark. These city walls were built during the Portuguese colonization of the city and were later torn down by the British. Only the ruins of the old wall remain.
Coronation Park

3) Coronation Park

Coronation Park is located in the very heart of the city near many historical landmarks. The garden was created in 1956 after the proclamation of Malaysia's independence. This beautiful and relaxing recreational area is open to the public. A wide avenue runs through the park where you can enjoy various species of beautiful local flowers and plants.
Medan Samudera

4) Medan Samudera

If you love local handicrafts, then you must visit Medan Samudera! Located opposite the Maritime Museum, this two-story shop specializes in traditional Melaka handicrafts. Here you can purchase unique gifts for your family and friends back home.
St. Paul's Church

5) St. Paul's Church

St. Paul's Church was originally built in 1521. It is located at the summit of St. Paul's Hill and is today part of the Malacca Museum Complex. The original structure of the church was a simple chapel built in 1521, dedicated to the Virgin Mary and known as the Nossa Senhora da Annunciada (Our Lady of Grace). The chapel was built by a Portuguese fidalgo or nobleman, Duarte Coelho.

The chapel was deeded to the Society of Jesus in 1548 by the Bishop of Goa, João Afonso de Albuquerque, with the title deeds received by St. Francis Xavier. The chapel was then further enlarged in 1556 with the addition of a second floor, and a belfry tower was added in 1590. With the conquest of Malacca by the Dutch in 1641, the church was reconsecrated for Dutch Reformed use as St. Paul's Church also known as the Bovernkerk or High Church. When the British occupied Malacca in 1824, the church was used as a powder magazine and was allowed to deteriorate further.

In 1924, the old Portuguese burial vault in the chancel of the church was partially uncovered. Further excavation was done in 1930 by the president of the newly formed Malacca Historical Society, Major C. E. Bone. In 1952, a statue of St. Francis Xavier was erected in front of the ruins of the church in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of his sojourn in Malacca.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Dutch Graveyard

6) Dutch Graveyard (must see)

Formerly used by the Dutch, this graveyard is home to numerous graves, where thousands of British soldiers and Dutch citizens rest in peace. The Dutch graveyard was supposedly founded around the 17th century. Come to this peaceful place and reflect on times past.
Malacca Sultanate Palace

7) Malacca Sultanate Palace (must see)

The Melaka Sultanate Palace is a beautiful imitation of the palace that stood during the period of the Melaka Sultanate. Built at the foot of St. Paul's Hill in 1984, this architectural landmark is now home to the Melaka Cultural Museum, which focuses on the history of the region.

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 Km or 0.5 Miles
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