Thursday, May 08, 2008


St Mary's Cathedral
THE St. Mary's Cathedral, located at the northern corner of the Merdeka Square, was originally housed in a structure built in timber at Bluff Road, now known as the Bukit Aman, in Kuala Lumpur. It served as the centre for worship a group of Anglicans around Kuala Lumpur and notable parishioners included British Residents of Selangor, Treacher and Swettenham. The current site of the church was picked in 1893 and the foundation stone was first laid on Feb 3, the following year by then British Resident of Selangor, Sir W.H. Treacher. The church's pipe organ was built in 1895 by Henry Willis, the famous English organ maker who also made the organs for St Paul's Cathedral in London and the original Grand Organ of the Royal Albert Hall. Although a competition was held to come up with the design of the new church, none of the entries were considered good enough and then Government architect, A.C. Norman, was asked to come up with a design. His work, based on Early English Gothic architecture, was approved and the church was built.

Church of the Holy Rosary
Located at Jalan Brickfields, the Church of the Holy Rosary was set up in 1883 to serve the needs of the Chinese community. This can be seen from the Chinese characters on the church's facade. Featuring typical Gothic features of churches of Europe, the church underwent an expansion in 1955.

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