Christ church

Christ Church

Christ Church is the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia. After the Dutch ousted Portuguese from Melaka, there was a transition from Roman Catholicism to Protestantism. The St. Paul Church was renamed the Bovenkerk.

However, since Bovenkerk is aging. The Dutch community decided to build a new church in 1753 to replace Bovenkerk as the primary Dutch Reformed Church.

With the signing of the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824, Melaka was transferred to the British East India Company and in 1838, the church was re-consecrated and renamed as Christ Church. The maintenance of the church was taken over by the Government of the Straits Settlements in 1858.

The church was originally painted white until it and the neighbouring Stadthuys building was painted red in 1911. This distinctive colour scheme has remained the hallmark of Malacca’s Dutch-era buildings since.

Image by: P.J. Gardner

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Operating Hours

Monday – Saturday : 9.00 a.m – 4.30 p.m

Sunday : 8.00 a.m – 12:30 p.m


There is no entrance fee. However, donation is encouraged.


Gereja Christ, Jalan Gereja, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia.

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Hear From Others

Another object worth a look is the Bible stand made of brass and inscribed with the first verse of the Book of John (John 1:1) in Dutch. Also inside the church are silver altar vessels and its collection of administrative records.

Yoshke Dimen

This church is also one of the most popular photography spots in Melaka, so don’t forget to bring your camera or selfie stick with you! For the best results, go as early in the morning as possible as the place gets pretty crowded during the day.


The bright red color of Christ Church makes it a popular spot for photos. Tourists and vendors are concentrated in the area, contributing to the huge crowd.


Nearby Attractions

Bayou Lagoon Park Resort

Bayoo Lagoon Resort

Source: Bayou Lagoon

Bayou Lagoon Park is a multi-functional resort. It has apartment units, a water theme park and a shopping mall in one place.

Melaka Skytrex

Melaka Skytrex is an outdoor obstacle park that challenges the participants physical ability to perform and complete the obstacle course. There are three level of difficulties and the children can also take part in the activities.

Melaka Botanical Garden

Source: Vincent Chow

The Malacca Botanical Garden is in Ayer Keroh. It is where Melaka Skytrex is located. Besides Melaka Skytrex, the garden also hosts Malacca Forestry Museum and Book Village Malaysia.

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