Notes on the Geography of Malaysia: Melaka Take Two: Photo 20
On the summit of the hill the Portuguese built a church in 1521 and a larger structure--in ruin here--later that century. The Dutch took over in 1641 and used the same building as their main church in Malacca until the next century. The old church was then used as a storehouse but eventually lost its roof.
Cuthbert Woodville Harrison, writing in An Illustrated Guide to the Federated Malay States, 1923, waxes romantic: "An eerie place is this hill, known all over the Malay world as Kota Malacca; it sleeps and dreams now, the red roofs of the town below dozing in the sun, a hornet's nest hanging on the blank walls of its cathedral, the swallows screaming round the old high altar, the sun meeting no roof, beating down upon forgotten vaults, a lighthouse at the west end winking signals to ships which pass in the night but do not deign to speak Malacca in passing" (p. 113).
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