Saturday, 26 July 2008

Melaka and Georgetown has been added as cultural site of UNESCO's World Heritage List on 7 July, 2008. This is a great news for us Malaysian, more so when Melaka is my hometown! We are all overjoyed of this good news!

Here is what I found on UNESCO's website.

Melaka and George Town, historic cities of the Straits of Malacca (Malaysia) have developed over 500 years of trading and cultural exchanges between East and West in the Straits of Malacca. The influences of Asia and Europe have endowed the towns with a specific multicultural heritage that is both tangible and intangible. With its government buildings, churches, squares and fortifications, Melaka demonstrates the early stages of this history originating in the 15th-century Malay sultanate and the Portuguese and Dutch periods beginning in the early 16th century. Featuring residential and commercial buildings, George Town represents the British era from the end of the 18th century. The two towns constitute a unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia.
The above photo show the Melaka's Christ Church, that was built by the Dutch in 1753.


Harry Makertia said...

JC, glad to hear that news from UNESCO. Congratulation! And you have an interesting shape of church. Wonderful color. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

SandyCarlson said...

That's marvelous!

alicesg said...

That is good news, JC. We cant missed this red church when in Malacca. I was staying at Makkota Hotel and had a good experience walking from there to Jonker Street. Saw many interesting things on the way there. A beautiful huge ship, visited the musuem, and this beautiful red church and of course my favourite was Jonker Street. Love the shops and eateries there. :) I might go again but will stay at the new Holiday Inn hopefully. :)

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