April 2, 2016

2426 MALAYSIA (Malacca) - Saint Peter's Church in Malacca City

The Portuguese occupation of Malacca ended after 130 years, when Malacca felt into the Dutch in 1641. This combined Dutch-Johor effort effectively destroyed the last bastion of Portuguese power, removing their influence in the Malay archipelago. This was followed by period of prosecutions of the Catholics. Churches were destroyed and Catholics were not permitted to have their own cemeteries or even pray in their homes. Priests were also forbidden to administer their flocks.

The war of the Spanish Succession resulted in an alliance formed between the Portuguese and the Dutch in 1703. This resulted the Dutch adopted a softer stance towards the Portuguese Catholics. After years of prosecutions, a piece of land was donated to a Dutch convert and the St. Peter's Church was built in 1710. The facade and decorations of the church have a combination of eastern and western architecture. It is the oldest functioning Roman Catholic Church in Malaysia.

About the stamps
The first stamp is part of the Johor definitive stamp series themed Garden Flowers, issued on February 25, 2016. The stamps are issued as an initiative to celebrate the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar’s coronation anniversary on March 23.
• Lotus (0.10 MYR) - It's on the postcard 2426
• French hydrangea (0.20 MYR)
• Red lilacs (0.30 MYR)
• Bougainvillea (0.40 MYR)
• Morning Glory (0.50 MYR)
• Hibiscus (0.60 MYR)

The second stamp is part of the series Highland Tourist Spots, issued on February 21, 2011:
• Penang Hill (0.50 MYR) - It's on the postcard 2426
• Cameron Highlands (0.60 MYR)
• Gunung Mat Cincang (0.90 MYR)
• Kundasang (1.00 MYR)

St. Peter's Church, Malacca - Wikipedia

Sender: Edna

Sent from Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur / Malaysia), on 02.03.2016

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