Sunday, November 27, 2011

Malaysia's historic pearl; Malacca

Malacca is truly one of the historic gems of Malaysia.   What I found out about Malacca is it has "magnetic history".  I am tempted to go on about the rich history but where do you start and where do you end?  If I only begin touching on the history it weaves back to other Portuguese ports like Goa, Cochin, Java and it will then lead you to their explorations ( colonialism and slave trade) in Brazil.  The history is unknowingly magnetic since the buildings themselves are not in great condition but when you start reading up on it it is amazing because you can understand all of European colonialism but reading up on Malacca's history.

At the famous St. Paul's Church my fingers went into the grooves of the carved coat of arms in stone and I wondered what the artists thought when they finished these?  They must have been both grieved and satisfied at the beauty of these gorgeous headstones.  Imagine how many tears fell on these headstones.


 


Here is the famous “ A Famosa” fort.  Just to think how many ships docked here and were greeted by this one fort.  I can also imagine the thoughts that went through the Sultan’s mind.  Imagine how they felt having lost this port and then having the Dutch and the English come after.  A very interesting history.  You can also imagine their prayers, hopes wishes and tears. "Ruins" make everyone think back and wonder about the conversations, hopes, prayers on both sides.  Now after all those struggles the city went back to Malaysia, the missionaries accomplished their goal in converting some Malaysians to Christianity but I thought to myself where is all that money from the West African slave trade and these fabulous city ports?  Was it worth it?  What can governments and massive corporations learn from studying "ruins"? 
 
I included the pictures of the St.Paul's cathedral, Formosa fort, some minor pics from around the city of Malacca, and the very cool guitarist who was singing "Welcome to Hotel California".  It was a little eerie like a premonition since he was singing it in the center of the "ruins".  I included a few bad pics of myself with the tombstones.  One of the tombstones with the Skulls & Bones symbol reminded me of a pirates chest I just found.



Driving from Kuala Lumpur to Melacca

Beautiful City Of Melacca

So many of these bicyclists darted around the city adding so much color!
 Below are some pics of the National mosque of Malaysia.  A true wrok of art.  I can't begin to tell you the peaceefulness gained while walking through the pillars.  A few brief facts are;
The Masjid Negara is the national mosque of Malaysia, located in Kuala Lumpur. It has a capacity of 15,000 people and is situated among 13 acres (53,000 m2) of beautiful gardens.




Its key features are a 73-metre-high minaret and an 16-pointed star concrete main roof. The umbrella, synonymous with the tropics, is featured conspicuously - the main roof is reminiscent of an open umbrella, the minaret's cap a folded one.