Saint Paul's Hill is located at Jalan Parameswara Melaka and at the top of it sits the A'Famosa Fort built by the Portuguese.
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On our day trip to Malacca ( and to visit Jonker Street) at the same time, my friends and I decided to take a short detour to explore the fort of A'Famosa. All of us who had studied history in high school will have heard of this place but its significance is only felt when you are standing right in front of the fort.
It put me in a sense of awe as I was literally looking and touching at a piece of living history. I preferred to take a casual day trip rather than opt for the tour as I believe history is more than just learning the facts. IT is about trying to feel what the Portuguese felt when they first inhabited the building.
A walk through the past
I've known the name A Famosa all my life. Despite hating history in school, I took an interest in the Portuguese occupation in Melaka and feel in love with the impregnable fort, Kota A Famosa.
One day, I had my wishes granted during my trip to Melaka where I was given a chance to visit this impregnable fort. I have to say, I was totally impressed.
One of the things that intrigued me were the passages inside the stone structure. I felt like I was travelling through time and imagined myself as a soldier serving in the Portuguese army. Next, I moved on to the cannons, Still remember the times when we use to play pirates when we were young? Well, I never had a chance to use a cannon back then, so I took my chances then and there, it sure brings back some memories. How I wish I could fire it at the tour guide though. He couldn't stop talking about facts when all I wanted to do was explore. I also hate the closed iron door that keeps visitors out of some areas. Man, I wish I knew what was in there.
The visit was really something to remember.
View of town from uphill.
During a day trip to Malacca, my friends and I came to St. Paul’s Church and decided to do a little exercise by walking uphill and climbing stairs.
About 10 minutes later, we reached the top of the hill. We saw a very old cathedral, and the marble statue of St. Francis Xavier standing in front of it. But I noticed that the right arm of the statue was broken off.
Then we entered the cathedral to see and feel the history. And the view of part of the Malacca town from the hill was nice, although not really breathtaking. Overall the walk up to the hill was worth it for me.
A touch of history
I remember this St Paul’s Hill real well. It was the last place I visited on my short trip to Malacca town. We were just walking around taking in the view and buildings along the way back to our car when we spotted a long and high staircase leading up and a signage which read St Paul’s Hill. At first we were just interested to climb some of the steps to take a few pictures but ended up going higher and higher.
My stamina sucks big time and halfway up I was already breathing heavily. But even halfway up, the view you get was already very beautiful. After much more huffing and puffing we reached the top and what greeted us were remnants of what used to be the beautiful church. You will get to appreciate the few exquisite stone carvings which are still around. It is also a good place to visit as one can look over most of the city on the hill.
History lesson for all
I went to St Paul Hill since I was a little boy. I have been there for numerous times and every time I saw the building I feel it will be gone very soon. It was very original when I was small where most of the structure is still stones instead of cement. The cannons are still intact but it was surrounded by trash. You will need to get some uphill climbing in order to access the church. There is a bit of history lesson where will help you understand the life and culture of Melacca way back to before our Merdeka.
You can almost taste the history.
One of the many attractions that help make Melaka become a UNESCO World Heritage Site is St Paul's Hill.
I've came here twice and basically there's 2 structures remaining. One is the entrance and the other is the remnants of a church at the top of the hill. In order to see the church, you need to undertake short climb. Once at the top, the view is great as you'll be able to see the surrounding area. There was a ladder attached to the watch tower which made it very tempting to climb but it looked a bit unstable. There's also a few old cannons laying around which makes it a great place to take photos.